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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the religious places in Bangalore?

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The IT City welcomes droves of people each year and with them comes their set of cultural practices, social trends and religious beliefs. And so, Bangalore has several religious sites for you to visit. There are various temples, churches and mosques in the city. Some of the important religious places in Bangalore are:

  • Bull Temple


A colossal granite is the highlight of this temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is one of the more popular temples in all of Bangalore. It flaunts a Dravidian style architecture is the place where the groundnut festivals takes place in November/December. Combine your visit to the Bull Temple with a quick stroll through the Bugle Rock Park or Gandhi Bazaar. Heading towards Lalbagh after this isn’t a bad idea too. About 1 km away is the cave temple of Gavi gangadeshwara temple. Here’s a word of advice for the Bull Temple visitors, ‘Beware of touts!’


Timings: 7 am to 8:30 pm


Address: Bull Temple Road

Basavangudi

Bangalore

Karnataka

India


A visit to the magnificent temple built by the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) rejuvenates not just the mind but also the soul. It’s a stunning combination of the modern and traditional architectural style and the sound of Hare Krishna reverberating in the backdrop makes the experience even more divine. It’s a short distance from the Orion Mall and so worth a visit. Bow your head and drop in a little prayer at the Radha Krishna shrine or join in the kirtan and dance that goes on all through the day. There are enough and more eating places here along with a shopping complex and guest house options.


Timings: 7 am to 1 pm and 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Address: Hare Krishna Hill

Chord Road

Bangalore

560010

Karnataka

India


  • St. Marks Cathedral


Attending Sunday Service in a classic protestant church adorned with arches and domes will definitely inspire your spiritual self. To this, add the notes of the 80 year old organ that you’ll get to sing to. Feels elated already. Doesn’t it ? St. Mark was one of Jesus’ disciples, one of the writers of the holy gospel. This 200 year old church showcases intricate woodwork at the entrance and the new glasswork reflects excellent craftsmanship as well. It is located in heart of MG Road and if you pray hard enough you might just get to hear a stupendous choir performance here. The ambience both inside and outside is calm and reposeful. They say that each time you visit a new church you can make three wishes. So wish carefully!


Service Timings: 7:00 am, 8:30 am, 10:30 am and 6:15 pm every Sunday.


Address: 1 MG Road

Bangalore

Karnataka

India


  • St. Mary’s Basilica


An extravagant gothic style architecture with glass stained windows is dedicated to Mother Mary. Although it is set in a busy market, the ambience is peaceful enough to for you to say your Rosary. The feast of Mary is held in September and the church celebrates it with much enthusiasm and fervour. If you are in Bangalore and looking for Sunday Service, visit this Basilica and bag a blessing.


Log onto http://www.stmarysbasilica.in/mass.htm for mass details.


Address: Msgr. F. Noronha Road

Shivajinagar

Bangalore

560051

Karnataka

India


There are still other religious sites in Bangalore like Banashankari Temple, Dharmaraja Temple, St. Andrew’s Church, Jumma Masjid, Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple amongst other places. Please be appropriately dressed while visiting religious places and keep your phone on silent mode so as to not disturb the ambience.

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