The Aprameya Swamy Temple at Dodda Mallur ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Today is Guru Purnima (July 13th, 2022), the full moon that occurs in the Hindu month of ‘Ashada’. ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘ru’ means one who removes the darkness; hence a Guru is a soul that helps in leading from darkness to light and I bow to all who have helped me do so.  India … Continue reading The Aprameya Swamy Temple at Dodda Mallur ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore – All about Malleshwaram

After being pretty much indoors because of the third wave, it felt was a good time to go back to another part of my roots last evening. You may have read my previous blog on Gorur and Kittane, where my ancestors migrated from Tamil Nadu. Centuries later many families migrated to Bangalore in search of … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore – All about Malleshwaram

Visiting my roots: Gorur and Kittane ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Returning to your roots is always an emotional journey. That is why this last article of 2021 is special to me. I hope you – my dear readers - will find it interesting too. Towards the end of May 2020, I lost my father and was a day late for the last rites, as flights … Continue reading Visiting my roots: Gorur and Kittane ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Counting the Shivalingas at the Koti Lingeshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

By the time we finished the trek at Avani Betta, it was lunch time and we found a nice place enroute to spread our picnic hamper. Rest assured, we used all reusables and packed up everything, leaving no trash behind. After lunch it was a good 40-minute ride to a village called Kammasandra to visit … Continue reading Counting the Shivalingas at the Koti Lingeshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Avani Betta trek- Birthplace of Lava and Kusha ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

After you are done visiting the Ramalingeshwara temple, you cannot miss the trek to Avani Betta. It is an easy trek- one that I could easily do in a saree!! You can park the car on the road where you begin the trek. Just before the trek, there is a more recent temple in granite … Continue reading The Avani Betta trek- Birthplace of Lava and Kusha ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Ramalingeshwara Temple at Avani ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A bright Sunday morning in September and we felt it should not be wasted on any account. This year has allowed us to seek out places in the outskirts of Bangalore and holy-moly there is so much you can explore. 1 hour 30 minutes from Whitefield This time it was to drive towards Kolar district … Continue reading The Ramalingeshwara Temple at Avani ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Yoganandeeshwara Temple atop the Nandi Hills ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

From Bhoganandeeshwara Temple in Nandigrama, and then to Muddenhalli, we make our way to Nandi Hills to visit the Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple in particular. This temple is the abode of Shiva in his form as a Yogi or ascetic. This temple was built atop the hills by the Cholas and was later taken over by … Continue reading Yoganandeeshwara Temple atop the Nandi Hills ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Muddenahalli- the birthplace of a visionary ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

After visiting the spectacular temple of Bhoganandeeshwara, we made a quick drive to Muddenahalli (Chikkaballapur District), which is a mere 5 minutes away from Nandigrama. It is the birthplace of  Sir M. Visvesvaraya, one of the India's most celebrated engineers, who was born on 15 September, 1861 who went on to live for a glorious 102 years. … Continue reading Muddenahalli- the birthplace of a visionary ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Bhoganandishwara- an architectural marvel ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Thankful to the Good Lord that I reached my 55th milestone on this planet last month! With all the Covid restrictions, there was no way to make the day special, other than by driving out in the outdoors away from the madding crowds, and we zeroed in to drive to the famed Bhoganandeeshwara Temple. Having … Continue reading Bhoganandishwara- an architectural marvel ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore- Devagiri Varaprada SriVenkateshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

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 … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore- Devagiri Varaprada SriVenkateshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh