Situated on a hillock in the undulating locality of Banashanakri in South Bangalore is the Devagiri Varaprada Sri Venkateshwara temple.
As you enter the temple from either of the two entrance gates, either the northern or the southern Mahadwara, you are struck by the expanse of the courtyard which also has a Dwajasthambam/ Garudagamba. The Rajagopuram is around 108 feet and is easily one of the highest Gopurams in the city of Bangalore.
Due to restrictions due to Covid, you can enter through the northern gate where a security checks your temperature before letting you in. The areas are now cordoned in a way that physical distancing is maintained and entry and exit areas are demarcated. While entering you go straight to the sanctum sanctorum through side-steps
The main residing deity is Lord Venkateshwara, who is flanked by Lord Ganesha on the left as you face the deities and Goddess Padmavathi and Goddess Andal on the right. As you circumambulate the sanctum sanctorum or Mukha Mantapa you see the beautiful sculptures of Lord Venugopala ; The Rama Pattabhishekam scene with Sita, Ram, Lakshmana and Hanuman; Lord Subramanya; Lord Shiva; Lakshmi Narasimha; Goddess Saraswathi and Lakshmi.
After the circum-ambulation you arrive at the hall called Addalu Mantapa where the utsava murthis are kept and thisis where the Kalyana Utsavam of the Lord and his consort takes place. The yagnashala is also here where the ritualistic fire sacrifices are held. Further down you come to the Navagraha sanidhi (the nine planets according to Vedic astrology) and right opposite is the sannidhi of Lord Hanuman. As you step out you see two big wooden doors covered by decorated brass knobs. Previously this place was the entry and exit but due to safety restrictions due to the pandemic, the system has been altered.
The temple complex has a modern kitchen, a dining hall, a mini dining hall as well as enough washrooms. The temple holds yoga Classes, meditation classes and lectures on various Vedanta subjects. Tiruppavai, and Geeta Gnana Yagna. The temple follows the SriVaishnava Sampradaya and Vaikuntha Ekadasi is a day that is observed with great reverence.
6am–12pm, 5:30–8.30 pm
Address: JSS Public School, 14th Main Rd, near Bengaluru, Siddanna Layout, Banashankari Stage II, Banashankari, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070
P.S: this article is specially for my friend Krithika Annirudh who is a devotee of this temple. 🙂