Living in Bangalore/Bengaluru  for more than 7 years ,I have known Bangalore quite a lot ;and it wouldn’t be wrong if I nomenclate it as “mine”:).Bangalore , termed the ‘garden city‘ has tried to survive still as the garden city with a lot of greenery ,gardens ,parks and trees spread all over the city amidst the fumigating vehicles and tall buildings.Bangalore can be termed as  a perfect synchronization of modernity and traditionalism. Pubs, disco techs ,trendiest attire clad gals n guys on Mg road/commercial and Residency streets on one side and  temples spread in every nook n corner , traditional /spiritual people  ,people boasting with ethnic  on the other end.Bangalore is the main IT hub and is called ‘Silicon city‘ also and  has a mixed cultural heritage with people from all over the country dwelling here  for different  purposes and speaking a variety of languages.Bangalore has  everything to visit including the scientific innovations to the architectural structures , traditional temples and entertainment places.I have managed to see a lot of places and have created my own list of top priorities in and around Bangalore for sight-seeing.

ARCHITECTURAL SPLENDORS:

1.BANGALORE PALACE : This palace was built-in 1880 by Chamaraja Wodeyar ,king of Mysore , and was exemplified by the ‘Windsor Castle‘ ‘in  England.The building has beautiful tall pillars in the exterior  giving the ‘castle’look.The interiors are exuberant with Floral motifs ,wooden pillars and carvings on the walls and stupendous ceilings with chandeliers and beautiful paintings.The ‘Durbar hall’is the main attraction in the palace with it’s architectural and interiors excellence .These days ,palace serves as a venue for film shootings,concerts,special functions and exhibitions.The palace is surrounded by or located in the premises of a huge ground named ‘Palace grounds’, which is the most desired locations for musical shows and concerts, marriage functions and receptions.

2.VIDHANA SOUDHA: This is another monument (housing the state legislative assembly) which is a worth watch;but only from outside,since the visitors are blocked to enter,unless having the vip pass which is given by the MLA. Anyways,built by the central government in the year 1956,this building was built after the transition of the wodeyar dynasty to state government.This monument is located near the Cubbon park and is at the center of the city.The structure and design is unique ,having a large central dome which is 66ft tall and also has a ‘Ashoka Lion ‘with 4 heads at the top of it ,which represents the state.The building is built in Dravidian style ,built  wholly with granite ,hieght of 700 ft and has pillars and domes supporting .

 

3.TIPPU’S PALACE: Built by Kempe Gowda  in 1553 ,this palace has good architectural design with mostly wooden built and pillars of teak wood.The palace now has only ruined paintings and pillars and is located in a very crowded market place and I personally feel is not a real wort watch.

TEMPLES: being the internal part of Bangalore ,Temples are very difficult to be mentioned ;but still I would like to mention these temples which are a must watch for their uniqueness.

1.GAVI GANGADHEESWARA TEMPLE: This temple is located in Basavanagudi,south Bangalore and is Lord Shiva’s temple and was built by Kempe Gowda in 16th century.This temple has a ‘Nandi/bull at the exterior and huge granite pillars with 2 large discs representing sun and moon.The temple has a unique feature that it was built inside a natural  cave and exhibits the architectural intelligence of the builders. Temple is dark inside and  has different idols within ,the main one being the ‘shiva linga ‘at the center.People have to bend while going around the temple for ‘pradakshina’and is extremely difficult for tall people,but the builder has made sure that the devotee does not face difficulties while seeing the lord or doing the offerings ,and so has built the central portion at a hieght where a person could stand.There is a special phenomenon happening in this temple every year during  ‘Makara sankranti’/mid January.Sun’s rays cross through the bull statue outside and directly illuminate the ‘shivalinga’ inside only on this particular day and devotees gather in masses to observe this.

2.BULL TEMPLE  AND ‘DODDA GANAPATHI/BIG GANESHA TEMPLE: Bull temple and Dodda Ganesha temple are next to each other and are located at Basavanagudi in south Bangalore around 3 km from gavi temple.The bull temple has a history that it was built by Kempe Gouda,founder of Bangalore to save the farmers from the fright of their groundnut fields being destroyed every night by a bull.There is a huge granite bull situated inside the shrine which is located at the ‘Bugal rock/hill‘.The bull measures 4.5 m in height  and  6.5m in length.The Bugal rock on the other side has a beautiful park and a view point at the top,which is also a location for movie shootings.The dodda Ganesha temple located down the bugal rock,has a large Ganesha idol built with a single stone and decorated round the year with butter.The idol looks beautiful decorated with butter and sometimes people even refer to this idol as ‘benne   Ganesha ‘meaning ‘butter ganesh.

3.Iskcon temple: This is lord Krishna’s temple located at the chord road off vijayanagar.This temple was built in a modern style along with incorporation of traditional elements needed for a temple.Temple has elegant interiors and marble flooring;exterior also looks distinguished.People from all over th world visit this temple;and ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna devotees are seen in the temple reciting chants and devotional songs.

4.There are few other  temples which not only serve the purpose of devotion ,but also a sightseeing place like ‘Ragiguuda Hanuman temple located at Jayanagar 9th block ,Lord Shiva’s temple at Indira nagar.

TECHNOLOGICAL AND INNOVATIVE PLACES:

1.NEHRU PLANETARIUM: This planetarium is a scientific center and is a eye-opener for astronomical facts and is ideal for learners and students.It has  a 15 m diameter dome with ‘a sky theater and large seating capacity and displays astronomical phenomenon on the top of the dome as it appears at night.

2.VISHWESWARIAH TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM:This museum located at Kasthurba road has a variety of scientific and technological elements for display including the airplanes,steam engines,’electro technical gallery’s ‘children’s science gallery’.

3.INNOVATIVE FILM CITY:I truly  don’t  suggest this,but it’s worth a watch if you have some extra time and need to have fun.This place was built on the grounds of Universal studios ,Los Angeles,and has some good museums like ‘Louis Tussaud’s museum,’Jurassic Fossil museum and ‘Ripley’s museum;4D Theater,Amphitheater,film shooting sets and studios including airplane, artificial Eiffel tower,some good housing colonies  ,also featuring some news channel sets , some entertainment zones like a double-decker carousel ,cartoon city,go carting, roller coaster rides for kids, Dinosaur world,Haunted Mansion featuring some skulls ,skeletons and horror and  special effects in a 2 storied building.You can spend half day or more with family and small kids here.

Innovative film city

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