Bangalore is strategically located close to many famous pilgrimage sites in South India. Most of these destinations are easily accessible by roads and can be visited on weekends by hiring intercity cabs
. We are listing the famous temples near Bangalore.
Ranganatha Swami Temple: It is an old temple located around 45 km from the Bangalore city junction, built on the hill called Tirumale. Named after Lord Ranganatha, this temple depicts Vijayanagar style of architecture and houses a 3 ft tall image of Narayana with shankha, gadha, Abhaya and Chakra in 4 hands. It has undergone several renovations and expansion since its inception in 12th century by Chola rulers.
Kotilingeshwara Temple: This temple was built in 1980 and comprises of 108 feet Shivalinga, which is one of the biggest in the world. It is one of the famous pilgrimage sites around Bangalore with great religious significance. It is located at a distance of 100 kms from Bangalore. You can easily reach Kotilingeshwara temple within 2 hours by taking cab service in Bangalore
GhatiSubramanya Temple: Devoted to Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, this temple is located 58 km from the Bangalore junction near Doddaballapur. What makes this temple unique is the single idol that represents both Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and Lord Subramanya. The devotees can view the idol though a strategically placed mirror.
Shravanabelagola: At a distance of 140 Kms from Bangalore, Shravanabelagola is among the most popular Jain pilgrimage centres in India. It is famous for the Bahubali Statue which is regarded as the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world. It has a height of 58 feet and is carved out of a single block of granite. The Gomateswara temple in Shravanabelagola is built on top of a hill at an altitude of 3347 feet. Devotees have to climb 620 steps to reach this temple from bottom of the hill. If travelling from Bangalore, then one can opt for Bangalore to Shravanabelagola taxi
Lepakshi Temple: At a distance of 124 km from Bangalore City Junction, there is a small village called Lepakshi. It is the one of the important religious and heritage sites in Andhra Pradesh highlighting the legacy of Vijayanagara dynasty. Lepakshi Temple was built in the 16th century by King Aliiya Rama Raya. Lepakshi has three important shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra.
Sri Kadiri Lakshmi NarasimhaSwamy Temple: This famous temple is located at 174 km from Bangalore, in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. It is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. A unique thing about this temple is that after the daily Abhishekam , the idol of Lord Narasimha discharges sweat continuously even after wiping off sweat by the priests. The construction of this temple was started during the Western Chalukya rule but was completed by the Vijayanagara rulers.
Someshwara Temple: This temple was built in the 14th century and located 80 kms from Bangalore in Kolar town, which was once famous for its gold mines. It is a beautiful temple devoted to Lord Shiva. There are enigmatic carvings on the pillars and a large Mahamandapa.
Kanipakam Temple: At a distance of 181 km from Bangalore, Kanipakam is a village located in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is a small village famous for the VarasiddhiVinayaka Temple, also known as Kanipakam Temple. It is a major pilgrimage site visited by thousands of devotees every year. The temple has beautiful carvings on its walls and showcases brilliant craftsmanship of artisans of Vijayanagaraempire. It was started in the 11th century by Chola dynasty and was completed in 1336 by Vijayanagara Kings.
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