Bannerghatta National Park is a must see place in the check list of most of people who visits Bangalore or a weekend destination for those who resides here.
Living in Bangalore for the last ten years, I have visited this park a number of times, the Big Cat safari, Zoo and the Butterfly park all being some attractions.
But, there was something I missed for all these years, the Champakadhama swami temple at bannerghatta town.
Every time, while taking a left turn at the junction to the park I used to see the temple tower on a small hillock on right side.
Thinking of exploring the temple on my way back, I used to proceed straight to the park, but never stopped while coming back.
Last week, we planned to visit the park again with my brother and family, but started off pretty late than planned.
By the time we reached Bannerghatta it was cloudy and light started fading, instead of the left turn I took the right one towards the temple.
We were greeted with the sight of a magnificent Temple Tower, it’s surpassed our expectations.
and there was plenty of action around for our cameras to capture.
Devotees, Priests, Monkeys… lot of subjects…
Taking a walk around the temple compound wall I met a few kids, they were planting “Sampige Tree Saplings” .
There was one person, Mr. V Anand who was leading the activity. We had a lite chat and I came to know that, the name of the temple came from the Sampige flowers offered to the main deity, one of many forms of lord Vishnu.
They were planning to plant 101 saplings around the temple.
The architecture of the inner sanctum is somewhat different from other temples of same era.
I found some valuable information from web following http://ramubangalore.blogspot.in/2013/02/suvarnamukhi-and-call-of-wild.html
After exploring the temple and trying to capture some monkey business, we moved to the Laxmi Narasimha temple behind on a hillock.
This temple was renovated recently and the best part was the panoramic view we get from the temple premise.
It was cloudy in patches and drizzling, sun was setting behind the Ramnagara hills and on one side we could see the high rises of Bangalore.
We spent some great time there just savoring the ambiance and felt pretty relaxed.
Please find the driving directions from city center to Bannerghatta below, the temple gate could easily be found on the right side, once you reach the town.