Lesser-known temples of Nelamangala

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Lakshmi Venkataramana Swamy Temple near Nelamangala in Bengaluru rural district is a unique temple as the main deity is worshipped along with his royal vehicle – Garuda. The Temple is situated in Basavanahalli near Nelamangala Bus Stand. Nelamangala is also known as Koundinyashrama. It is named after Sage Koundinya, who performed penance in Dwapara Yuga here.

There are three shrines in the Temple. The main shrine consists of sanctum sanctorum and small pillars are designed in Chola style. These pillars adorn the entrance arch of the sanctum beautifully. The 50-feet tall gopura is a simple yet endearing structure.

Lord Garuda is worshipped as the main deity here. An idol of Garuda, in a rare posture of varadahasta is placed on the right side of the sanctum sanctorum. Devotees offer prayers to Garuda, popularly known as Varaprada Garuda, along with the Lord, as it is believed that Venkataramana Swamy fulfills the wishes through his vehicle.

The Anjaneya shrine is just opposite the main Temple. But sadly, the stone-pillared mantapa, built for performing the rituals is in a state of neglect. The premises also has a small pond called shankha pushkarini.

Don’t forget to visit the Railway Gollahalli Anjaneya Temple, one and a half km away from here. The temple gets its name from its location right next to a railway track.

Nelamangala is also famous for Udhbava Ganesha Temple. More than the Temple itself, a huge number of trees lining both the sides of the road attract many.
You can also find many old Shiva temples in Adepete, the ‘business
district’ of Nelamangala.

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