Ragigudda Temple

Ragigudda Temple

Ragigudda

Attractions

  • Anjaneya Temple
  • Hanuman Dhara (artificial waterfall)
  • Parna kuteera (hermitage)
  • Trimurtis on monolithic rocks
  • Pushkarni (Pond)
  • Ganapathy Temple
  • Navagraha Vana (Tree for each planet)

Ragigudda

,  is a picturesque hillock of smooth rock, located in BTM layout and is famous for the hill temple of Lord Hanuman, known as Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswami.

History

Legend behind the name: A big heap of Ragi (a millet) is believed to have transformed to a stone. Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara wished to dwell there permanently and transformed into 3 tall stones pillars. (Thus the legend robs away the credit due to the poor sculptor who painstakingly carved these monolith statues.) In 1969 a small temple of lord Hanuman at the hilltop was built by the efforts of a group of dedicated youth. Support and influence of the people around the area has resulted in the larger complex covering 5 acres now.

Deities

Ganesha temple is the first shrine at a lower level. Next to Lord Ganesha sits Goddess Lakshmidevi. Goddess Annapurneshwari (Goddess of food and nourishment) is seen just opposite. Also there is a Suryanarayana (Sun God on chariot with 7 horses). Lord Shanmuga (Kumar/Muruga) is at the entrance of Anjaneya temple, which is the main shrine at a higher level. Here Lord Hanuman carved in black stone is sheathed in gold. Lord Shiva is in the form of Maragathalingam. SeethaRamaswamy shrine has deities -Rama, Sita, Lakshman with Hanuman. The complex also has shrines of Goddess Bhagavathi, Sri Rajarajeshwari and Navagrahas.

Temple Complex

Waterfalls, fountains and gardens beautify the complex with multiple shrines. Hanuman Dhara is what appeals soon after entering the complex. It is an artificial waterfall, predominantly blue coloured, under the wings of a huge Garuda perched atop. Steps leading to the hill are comfortable with less slope and steel supports throughout. Parna Kuteera depicts a miniature hermitage with a small waterfall. Trimurti Sannidi is an ensemble of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara carved on 3 monolithic stones each 32 ft. tall. Pushkarni is a pond around a spring that provides water for the complex. Navagraha Vana has plants/trees representing each of the 9 planets. Goshala with more than 30 cows supplies milk for the temple rituals and for the nursery school kids.

The complex houses an auditorium, a library, a school and a medical centre.

Services

The Ragigudda Trust is a charitable foundation offering free education and medical facilities for the needy. School students are served with mid-day meal. Free coaching is conducted for PUC and Engineering students. Besides Kannada and Sanskrit classes, Yoga and Music classes are also conducted. Medical centre with pathological lab offers free medical consultation, ECG, ultrasound scanning and eye testing facilities.

Event

Hanumath Jayanti (birth of Lord Hanuman) is celebrated every year grandly for 12 days during November/December.

Travel info:
Ragigudda Temple
9th block, Jayanagar
Bangalore – 560 069
Weekdays:
8 - 11:30 am & 5 - 8:30 pm
Weekends:
8 - 12 noon & 5 - 9 pm
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