Devi, a feminine fortitude who in its subtlest form is the most compassionate yet the most tigerish form of energy we all bow to. In India and in this culture, there has always been an utmost importance given to feminine and no rituals here are complete without the involvement of her presence. It is a deep science which we have forgotten over the years. Well, in this land, in order to regard the feminine energy which is referred to as ‘Shakti’, temples are built with each of them having their own significance. Bengaluru being a land with a rich history and culture, the city houses a lot of temples dedicated to Devi. Here we are with a few popular and powerful Devi temples of Bengaluru on today’s read.
Popular Devi Temples of Bengaluru
Sri Annamma Devi Temple
Sri Annamma Devi is considered as the guardian goddess of Bengaluru in the times of Kempe Gowda. It is also regarded as one of the most powerful abodes of Devi owing to its spiritual powers and rituals. There is a belief that the Goddess came as a savior during the times of pox and other deadly attacks on people. The temple has a small sanctum and one can see the Goddess etched on a boulder. People claim that the Devi was born in this place and the vibe here is truly magical.
Annamma Devi temple is largely famous for its Karga Utsav, a festival which happens in the city during the month of Chaitra. It is a place where newborns are brought for Devi’s blessings. People also visit the temple as a ritual before proceeding with their wedding practices. This way, this age-old temple has become the dharmic center of the city, pleasing the beliefs of people coming to Devi’s presence.
Where: SC Road, Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru.
Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi Temple
This is one of the mystic Devi temples of Bengaluru dedicated to a form of Devi known to counter Black magic. She is called as Pratyangira Devi or Narasimhika who has taken the ferocious half human half lion of courageous form. The Devi here is worshipped through a tantra called Meru Tantra.
An awareness of Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi has been only quietly known, until recently. Although the Siddha masters and great maha rishis like Sri Dhurvasha Munivar and Puli Paani Siddhar have been devotees of this mother. We recommend you to visit the temple to know more about it in details.
Where: Turahalli, Uttarahalli Hobli, Subramanyapura Post, Bengaluru.
Sri Gangamma Devi Temple
Just located near Kaadu Malleshwara temple, Gangamma Devi temple is an abode of the Goddess Ganga who is considered to have manifested as the incarnation of Shakti. The annual Gangamma Jathre is a fiesta to watch and during Navratri, the temple attracts a lot of devotees from all walks of life.
Where: 2nd Temple St Rd, Vyalikaval, Kodandarampura, Malleshwaram West, Bengaluru.
Sri Nimishamba Devi Temple
This is one of the rarest Devi temples you see in India constructed with red laterite stone in the traditional Parashurama Kshetra architecture style. It is dedicated to Nimishambha Devi, a form of Durga along with the powerful Shri Chakra. The temple also has shrines dedicated to Moukthikeshwara (Shiva), Siddhi Vinayaka, Lakshmi Narayana, and Saraswathi.
Pujas: Sarpabali, Durga Homam, Kalpa Sarpa Shanti Homam, and others.
Where: 93, 12th Cross, Ideal Homes Circle, Ideal Homes Township, Raja Rajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru.
Patalamma Devi Temple
It is a 400-year old temple dedicated to Patalamma, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Patalamma is seen as the Gramadevathe of 20 villages namely Yediyur, Siddapura, Kanakanapalya, Nagasandra, and others. She is one of the seven formidable sisters worshipped by Dravidians – the others being Mutyalamma, Bangaramma, Poleramma, Ankamma, Dilli Polasi, and Matamma.
The goddess here is Swayambhu (self-manifested) who appeared in this place from under the ground. So, she is called as Patalamma; Patala meaning underground and Amma meaning Mother. There are a lot of stories associated with Patalamma temple which makes it mystic in so many ways.
Where: No 4, Patalamma Temple Road, Near South End Circle Basavanagudi, Bengaluru.
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Sri Banashankari Devi Temple
An area named after this temple is easily one of the most popular temples in the city where Goddess Banashankari is idolized and worshipped. This Devi temple is so powerful that the very energy over here makes you yowl in the ecstasy of devotion. One thing that amuses you about this temple is that the devotees offer prayers during Rahukala, which is often considered as an inauspicious time for puja and prayers.
Where: Near Banashankari Bus Terminal.
Plague Amma Temple
You should believe that there is a temple called ‘plague amma temple’ in Thyagarajanagar of Bengaluru dedicated to eradicating plague and smallpox. It is the Goddess Rajarajeshwari but due to the fact that millions came to this temple seeking a cure for the plague, the deity popularly took the name ‘plague amma.’
It was a few decades ago when plague burst out in the city to kill millions of people. This eventually leads to a mass migration of people from old areas to two new localities which came up; Basavanagudi and Malleswaram. These localities were planned and beautifully laid out to help people to settle down without any grievances.
Where: Begihalli, Anekal, Bengaluru.
Sri Muthyalamma Devi Temple
The history of Muthyalamma temple is again traced to the great plague that claimed hundreds of lives. The Devi is regarded as the Gramadevathe of the Cantonment area and was installed to ward off the plague and diseases such as pox and cholera. The temple is also popular for the annual Muthyalamma festival celebrated with all grandeur and devotion.
Where: Cello Platina, Near, 24, Muthyalamma, Anjaneya Temple Street, Seppings Rd, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru.
Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple
An area named after this temple is easily one of the most popular temples in the city where Goddess Rajeshari is idolized and worshipped. History says that Sri Tiruchi Swami has consecrated the Devi and today, the shrine is also called as Jnana Kashi Rajeshwari temple.
The temple has a serene ambiance with a tall Gopura giving an alluring experience. As you enter the temple, a lotus-shaped well welcomes you followed by an entrance Gopura with lions on either side. In the inner sanctum of the temple, one can have a Divine Darshan of Sri Raja Rajeshwari glowing with ornaments and a smile worth solving all the problem of life.
Where: Pattanagere, RR Nagar, Bengaluru.
Shri Muttu Mariyamma Temple
A two-decade-old temple is one of the highly crowded temples you see in Bengaluru. It is said to be the most powerful abode of Mariamma, a form of Durga followed by thousands of people. During Navaratri, it is a fiesta to watch this temple glorifying in its ritual beauty. On Friday and Tuesday, special pujas will be performed and people come from places to visit this temple.
Where: Godown Main Rd, Krishna Reddy Industrial Estate, Near Tin Factory, Bengaluru.
Sri Chowdeshwari temple
There are a lot of places dedicated to Sri Chowdeshwari but the one which is located in Mathikere is popular among all. Sri Chowdeshwari is a manifestation of Goddess Parvathi and it is said to have happened to kill a demon as per the legends. During Navaratri, people visit this temple to perform Ayudha Puja, Vehicle Puja and it is all about belief and tradition.
Where: #18, 1A Cross Rd, HMT Layout, Mathikere, Bengaluru.
Other Popular temples: Angala Parameshawri Binny road, Meenakshi temple Bannerghatta. Sharada temple Shankarapuram, and Maramma Kalasipalya.
So, this was about the Popular Devi temples of Bengaluru. Do visit these temples to seek the blessings of Amma for success, health, and prosperity.
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