Kadu Malleshwara Temple
Kadu Malleshwara Temple
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Somaseshu Gutala
Bengaluru, India1,320 contributions
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Jan 2018 • Family
The name of the area where this temple is located is named after this temple as Malleswaram. This temple built in Dravidian style is seen just diagonally opposite to Nandi Theertha temple tank. Actually Nandi Theertha is considered as a part of Kadu Malleswara Swamy temple. This temple built on a high hillock was set up by Venkoji, step brother of Shivaji in 17th century (1669)when he came here with his minister Baji Rao peshwa. The word “Kadu” in Kannada means “Jungle”. As the surroundings are full of wild trees and shrubs, this temple is called “Kadu Malleswara temple. Venkoji also built Narasimha Swamy temple seen at the foot of the hillock near Gangamma temple. In 1898 a devotee called Yale Mallappa Shetty renovated Kadu Malleswara temple. In 1981 the Goverenment renovated Narasimha Swamy temple also.

One has to climb nearly forty steps to reach the temple on the hillock. One finds many serpent stones and a huge serpent statue near the foot of the hillock. The surroundings look very attractive with green trees and plants. Near the entrance of the temple on the left side one can see a mandapa and the kitchen. The Vimana or gopuram of garbha gudi (inner sanctum) was built later in 1993.Recently a mukha mandapa (outer mandapa) was added. The idol of Kadu Malleswara is a tiny Shiva Linga with a pretty statue of Nandi in front outside the inner sanctum. On the back of the inner sanctum to the south,one can see deities of Dakshina Murty and Lord Subrahmanya and on the north, the statue of Chandikeswara. In the Mukha Mandapa the deities of Arthanareeswara, Kashi Viswanatha, Ganapati and Kalabhairava are seen. The navagraha platform is also seen on the other side. There is also Anjaneya temple with a bilwa tree seen behind it.

In this temple one week-long special utsavas are celebrated during Maha Shiva ratri and special poojas are done during kartika month. The temple timings are from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

The nearby temples are Nandi Tirtha Kalyani temple, Narasimha Swamy temple, Gangamma Temple, Gayatri Temple, Vidya Ganapati Temple (W.Park Road), Eswar Temple (11th Cross, malleswaram), Sri Maha Ganapati Road (9th Cross, E-Park Road) and Sankey Tank Lake.
Written March 26, 2018
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Profvns
Bengaluru, India545 contributions
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Jun 2015 • Family
Malleswara in Bangalore city is the place I often go to meet my close friend (ex colleague in HAL) Sri. Ramanuja, a famous Astrologer, not interested in propaganda or advertisement. He is like a flower hidden behind the leaf spreading its fragrant smell to whole of its area keeping thereby the environment clean and healthy. I would go to attend functions at Chowdaiah Memorial hall and Tirupathi temple. But certain times I make it a point to visit temples (only) in Malleswara. Starting from Malleswara circle upto next circle there are many temples such as Saibaba, Kadu Malleswara, Lakshmi Narasimha, Gangamatha and Nandi tirtha where water comes from the mouth of stone idol of Bull and most importantly Circle Maramma temple and others on the way on either side and around these spots.
Bangalore was ruled by Gangas, Cholas and Hoysala prior to Kempegowda and Mysore Maharajas. Temple art was developed and implemented by those kings that can be seen in living monuments today. One such is Kadu Malleswara temple on 15th Cross, Malleswara. Sri Shaila Mallikarjuna is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas. This is the replica of that Jyothirlinga. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is in Dravidian style of architecture of 17th century built by Chhatrapati Shivaji and worshipped as Mallikarjuna in 1669. The adjoining part of the temple (separated by road) is Nandiswara Theertha (Basava Theertha), which is the birthplace of River Vrishabhavathi.
There are two entrances on East and West. If you go from east you will enter into the compound where hundreds of Naagarakallu (stone idols of snake-god) and big snake with seven heads, anthill and trees, then enter the main temple. You are just in front of Lord Mallikarjuna and Mother Goddess Bramarambha apart from Lord Ganesha and Lord Vishnu. Then take a circumambulatory walk in clockwise manner. You will stand before Lord Dakshinamurthy facing south and further, Lord Brahma, Navagrahas and other Shivalingas. The silent atmosphere prevailing here has divine element in environment that infuses you to disregard all other worldly worries. For a moment you will forget yourselves when you stand before Lord Mallikarjuna. That is the special aspect I found and experienced.
Gangamma Devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga who represents the innermost pristine coolness, piety and purity. The other important shrine is that of Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple apart from Nandi Kalyani Temple. These are closely associated with Kadu Malleswara Temple. Kadu or Kaadu in Kannada means forest that existed around these temples centuries ago. This multifaceted complex is always purified with the rituals of Homa and pujas that are recurrently performed by worshipers.
There are host of food options to choose for tourists in Bangalore as they find numerous ‘Darshini’ hotels in every nook and corner serving South Indian food items like idles, dosas vade and Thali meals (limited lunch). They find strong food culture in restaurants serving world cuisine starting from French to Vietnamese. As far as shopping is concerned they can go round M.G. Road, Brigade Road and Commercial Street. For Indian dresses and sarees visit Chickpet, Kempegowda road, Malleswara and Jayanagar shopping complex. There are national and international clothes and accessories brands such as UB City, Mantri Mall, Garuda Mall and others.

There are number of city [BMTC] buses, autos, taxi and luxury cars on hire to travel within Bangalore city and suburb. Tourism department and private tourists arrange for Bangalore holiday packages and ‘Bangalore Darshan’. They will take you to all major attractions of the city. You can also enjoy trip in Metro at M.G. Road to Byappanahalli. Come to Bangalore and enjoy.
Written July 5, 2015
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Gurudev R
Bengaluru, India240 contributions
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May 2015 • Couples
17 th century Siva temple is a popular place of worship in 15th Cross Rd, Malleswaram-Bangalore. It is located around 2 KM from the famous ORION mall and this has approach from two main streets.Back of the temple is just adjacent to Saibaba Temple..
Written May 11, 2015
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Santosh Namby
Chennai (Madras), India242 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Couples
Situated in the middle of the city, in one of the oldest localities if Bangalore, the 17th Century Kadu (forest) Malleshwara Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and was built by Venkoji, the brother of the Maratha King Shivaji in Dravidian style of architecture. The locality of Malleshwaram gets its name from this temple.
Surrounding this temple, is a beautiful garden where one can rest after visiting the temple.
Written July 2, 2015
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Clever T
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Jul 2023 • Family
Amazing temple specially the fish and tortoises which attracts even the children who oppose to come to a temple
Written August 17, 2023
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Bala Tripura S
Bengaluru, India3,772 contributions
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Oct 2020
After a long gap of covid19 outbreak,finally i took risk and visited this temple.This temple is situated near malleswaram 15th cross.There is a BMTC busstop opposite to this temple.This temple is on the top of the hill and Lord shiva is worshipped as mallikarjuna and people believe that this place got the name as malleswaram due to this God.Lingam inside the temple is very small like srisailam in AP.There is a temple of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha just beside this temple.
Written October 31, 2020
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Ashi
Bengaluru, India206 contributions
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Aug 2019 • Family
This temple has very simple decoration to idols and shows simplicity. Has Ganesha, Vittala, kanaka durga and other gods. The surroundings within temple is full of trees and some benches to sit. The temple is quite big. Had been for the first time and felt the positivity and calmness
Written August 13, 2019
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G V Naggenddra
Surat, India700 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Family
The Kadu Malleshwara temple, located on the 15th cross of Malleshwaram, is one of the oldest temples in the city and a must visit place. Built in Dravidian style of architecture in the 17th century, it is a renowned Shiva Temple thronged by visitors all through the year. Malleshwaram once a dense forest area (kaadu in local language), gets its name from this temple (Malleshwara) the principal deity of the temple. It is indeed a serene and a peaceful place to be, away from the chaos and hustle-bustle of the city outside the walls of the temple with the sounds of chirping birds and the shlokas being recited by the priests. Just soak in the atmosphere of the surroundings for an out of this world experience.
Written November 14, 2018
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G.Srinivasan
Bengaluru, India289 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Friends
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is built in 17 century with Dravidian architecture. Considered very holy for Hindus. The rituals are performed based on scriptures and vedas. There are quite a few other Hindu Deities as well.
Written June 18, 2018
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kamakshi2015
Bengaluru, India1,846 contributions
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Apr 2017
This holy place in the traditional old locality of Malleshawaram is the reason that this locality is named after the Deity . This well known temple has been attracting people for the generations . This devotees are seen to get overwhelmed as they come inside . The Lord Gsnesha presides as you enter the main gates which are adorned in true South Indian sculptures with colors . Renovated over the years but still has an aura of bygone era . Morning / evening time is best yo visit .
Written June 8, 2017
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