Dharmaraya Swamy Temple
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naveenshankar
Bangalore30 contributions
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Oct 2016
Sri Dharmaraya swamy Temple is famous for its Karaga Festival where priest of the temple carry flower decorated big Thrown which will mesmerised you by seeing that. This festival will happen once in a year and lot of devotees present in this grand occassion.Must see festival in Bangalore.
Written December 20, 2016
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jvs2
Bengaluru, India121 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Family
Dharmaraya Swamy temple is in Tharagupet which I have been visiting since I was a kid. It is a nice temple famous for Bangalore Karaga festival during which the temple is extremley crowded. Other days, fairly calm. It is dedicated to pandavas. Nice temple to visit.
Written January 19, 2019
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Lingaraju D S
Bengaluru, India205 contributions
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Jan 2016
Dharmaraya swamy temple is in a busy area of Bengaluru. The temple is situated at Nagartapete near to Sadarpatrappa road. The areas are nearer to the Puttanna chetty town hall. Dharmaraya swamy temple is approximately 800 years old constructed by Vahnikula kshtriya kings. The temple is well known for Karaga festival an old ritual where a man dressed as a lady holds a flower decorated pot. The priest should not hold this pot with hand. It should be balanced even if he is running and dancing. If the pot is fell the veerekumars who are following the priest will kill him. But hither to there no such thing happened. The karaga is performed in honor of Draupadi.

Bangalore Karaga is a famous festival celebrated in honour of Mother Goddess Draupadi. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil, which is also symbolic of the power of women.

Karaga begins with the flag hoisting ceremony (Dhwajarohana). On the first day, the Veerakumaras and the priest wear janivara (sacred thread worn as a band over the left shoulder) and kankana(sacred thread tied on the wrist). Prayers are offered by the priest, the Veerakumaras and the Chakridaararu. From 2nd to 6th day, aarthi is performed in the evenings at the Cubbon Park shakti peeta and then at eight water sources used during the celebration. On the 6th day, women pray to Mother Draupadi Devi and perform an elaborate aarti. This ritual is also called as the festival of lights.[1] The 7th day is known as Hasi karaga, during which, the goddess is symbolically readied for her marriage. She emerges from the lake, decorated as a bride and carries the kalasha(pot). The Veerakumaras pay their obeisances to her and escort her to the Sri Dharmarayaswamy Temple. On the 8th day, Pongal, prepared by the wives of the Veerakumaras, is offered to the goddess.

On the full moon day, the marriage of the goddess is performed and the utsav murthis are taken in a procession. This procession is performed in the night and this is the famous Karaga procession. The procession does not stop anywhere and is always in a dynamic state. The Prasada of lime received from the goddess is said to bring relief from ailments and misfortunes. The 10th day is Shanthi pooje to Potha raja, a guardian deity and the brother in law of the Pandavas. The 11th day is Vasanta utsava and finally, the flag is brought down signalling the end of festivities.[2]

Interestingly, the Karaga priest has to perform austerities for six months before the Karaga and during this period, he wears his wife’s Mangala sutra. It is returned to the wife during a symbolic marriage ceremony on the 10th day of Karaga. She will not be seeing her husband from the time of Vijayadashami as he will reside in the temple till the Karaga is over. So when the Karaga procession stops in front of her house, unlike the other devotees, she cannot come out to be blessed.

Gowdas, Ganacharyas, Chakridaararu are the ordained sects among the Vahnikula Kshatriyas to carry the tradition of conducting the Karaga. Chakridararu are those who perform the various pooja activities at the time of Karaga. These include the ghante poojaris, who are the gurus and carry out the temple rituals, the family of the Karaga priest, the descendants from the clan of Potaraja, Banka dasayya (announcers of the Karaga) and Kolkararu (messengers). These five families have a Kula purohita(clan priest), who is a Brahmin. He performs rituals as per the shastras (sacred texts). All the rituals are steeped in secrecy. Overall management and supervision of the festivities is done by Ganacharyas. All these categories of functionaries are supervised by the Gowdas, who ensure smooth functioning.[3] Karaga or Karagaattam actually represents a dance by females, generally Devadasis (Source: Wikipedia)
Temple is worth visiting but there are parking area here.
Written December 20, 2016
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shivananda m
Bengaluru, India139 contributions
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Aug 2016
built in truely south indian style, the temple is of the pandavas and Sri krishna,
it is famous for the yearly karaga festival
Written September 29, 2016
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NaanuHari
Bengaluru, India4 contributions
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Jan 2016 • Family
History

The exact historical background of the city and the history of the temple like the name of the builder, date of construction is not clear.

When we look at the history of the temple, it is believed that the temple was constructed by the Ganga Arasu people. These people also known as Vanhi Kula Kshatriyas or "Thigalas" The Archeology survey department which has undertaken a study of the stone and masonry has concluded that this temple is about 800 years old. It is also learnt that when Bengaluru city was built by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century, the Kempegowda Gopuras (towers) were built in the four corners of the city keeping the Shree Dharmaraya Swamy Temple vimanagopura kalasa as a centre point. The four towers are the Ulsoor tower in the North-East, The Bellary Road Tower in the North-West, The Lalbagh Tower in the South-East, and The Gavipura Tower in the South-West.

The Ganga Arasu or Ganga Arasu kings used to build their towns near lakes or river beds and also, built their temples at a lower level to the ground with a further lower level pradakshina patha. Shree Dharmaraya Swamy temple was built in the Sidhikatte lake bed area & it is below the land level that existed prior to current Bengaluru. It is also learnt that this old town was called as Kalyanapuri, a Town of Temples, Ponds and Religious centres. Later, it was named as "Bendhakaluru" and then as "Bengaluru".

Design of the temple

The exterior and the interior of the temple has been designed or structured in such a way that it reflects the architectural styles of Gangas, Pallavas and the Vijaynagaras. Some parts of the temple such as garbhagruha have been designed so as to show the styles of the Gangas. There are many other parts of the temple which depict the styles of the other two civilizations.

Since the establishment of the temple, it has undergone many renovations in stages with the most recent change done being the painting of the exterior of the temple to make the temple look more colorful at least from the outside.

Although the temple was established with vast barren lands around it so that a huge number of followers can be accommodated, but now due to commercial and industrial development, the temple has been much commercialized and hardly any plain area can be seen around the temple.

About Temple

Shree Dharmaraya Swamy temple is among the oldest temples in Bengaluru is also one of the most beautiful temples in Bengaluru with all its colorful exterior carvings. The temple is for the followers of Pandavas and is the only temple in the country to be established for people to offer their prayers to the Pandavas. The temple was established around 800 years ago by the civilization known as the Thigalas. It is very beloved temple of southern India and people from all over the country visit the temple and they also participate in the major festivals of the temple as well.

Karaga Festival

Mysuru Dasara and Bengaluru Karaga are the world famous festival of Karnataka. The Bengaluru Karaga is the festival of Vanhikula Kshathriyas (Thigala) community schedule to perform on Chaitra Poornima day of every year. This is the festival of Adhishakthi Draupadi. The literary meaning of Karaga is expanded and explained as Ka-Ra-Ga.
The Ka= Kailli Muttade (without touching by hand) Ra= Rundadalli Dharisi(bearing on the head) Ga= Ghatisuvudu/Chalisuvudu (moving around) The total meaning of Karaga is bearing the deity on the head without touching by hand and moving around. (Actual meaning of Karaga is hidden due to various reason) It is believed that Goddess Adhishakthi Draupadi will come down from heaven to the earth and stay for three days with the community people. In this connection the community will perform vratha for 11 days in a year from the day of Chaitra Shashti to 11 days.

Karaga festival of Bengaluru (Bengaluru Karaga) is the most widely celebrated festival in Shree Dharmaraya Swamy temple. This festival is dedicated solely for the Mother goddess Draupadi. The festival is celebrated to as a symbol to promote women empowerment and also as a symbol to mark the victory of goodness in the world. It also celebrates the triumph of good over evil, which is also symbolic of the power of women. Hundreds of people flock from different a part of the state to celebrate this festival which is celebrated for as long as 11 days continuously with different religious ceremonies on each day of the festival.

Karaga begins with the flag hoisting ceremony (Dhwajarohana).

On the first day, the Veerakumaras and the priest wear Janivara (sacred thread worn as a band over the left shoulder) and Kankana (sacred thread tied on the wrist). Prayers are offered by the priest, the Veerakumaras and the Chakridaararu. From 2nd to 6th day, Aarthi is performed in the evenings at the Cubbon Park Shakti peeta and then at eight water sources used during the celebration.

On the 6th day, women pray to Mother Draupadi Devi and perform an elaborate Aarti. This ritual is also called as the festival of lights.

The 7th day is known as Hasi Karaga, during which, the goddess is symbolically readied for her marriage. She emerges from the lake, decorated as a bride and carries the Kalasha (pot). The Veerakumaras pay their obeisance to her and escort her to the Shree Dharmaraya Swamy Temple.

On the 8th day, Pongal, prepared by the wives of the Veerakumaras, is offered to the goddess.

On the full moon day, the marriage of the goddess is performed and the Utsav murthis are taken in a procession. This procession is performed in the night and this is the famous Karaga procession. The procession does not stop anywhere and is always in a dynamic state. The Prasada of lime received from the goddess is said to bring relief from ailments and misfortunes.

The 10th day is Shanthi pooje to Potha raja, a guardian deity and the brother in law of the Pandavas.

The 11th day is Vasanta utsava and finally, the flag is brought down signaling the end of festivities.

Interestingly, the Karaga priest has to perform austerities for six months before the Karaga and during this period, he wears his wife’s Mangala sutra. It is returned to the wife during a symbolic marriage ceremony on the 10th day of Karaga. She will not be seeing her husband from the time of Vijayadashami as he will reside in the temple till the Karaga is over. So when the Karaga procession stops in front of her house, unlike the other devotees, she cannot come out to be blessed.

Gowdas, Ganacharyas, Chakridaararu are the ordained sects among the Vahnikula Kshatriyas to carry the tradition of conducting the Karaga. Chakridararu are those who perform the various pooja activities at the time of Karaga. These include the Ghante poojaris, who are the gurus and carry out the temple rituals, the family of the Karaga priest, the descendants from the clan of Potha raja, Banka dasayya (announcers of the Karaga) and Kolkararu (messengers). These five families have a Kula Purohita (clan priest), who is a Brahmin. He performs rituals as per the Shastra’s (sacred texts). All the rituals are steeped in secrecy. Overall management and supervision of the festivities is done by Ganacharyas. All these categories of functionaries are supervised by the Gowdas, who ensure smooth functioning.

Daily Sevas

Sl.no Seva/Pooja Seva Timings
1 Abhisheka 5:30am
2 Floral Decoration 6:00am
3 Mahamangalarathi 7:30am
4 Friday Pooja 10:30am

Historical records

The temple records reveal that Shree Immadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar of Mysuru visited the temple in 1811 A.D. to confirm for himself the fame and real truth of Karaga Shakthyotsava since it was as famous as the Mysuru Dasara even during those days. The King brought two sharpened swords (Alagu) as presents to the temple, to perform the Aluguseva with these alagus and to test whether the Alaguseva was true of not. The Veerakumaras of the temple accepted the alagu and performed the Alaguseva. The two swords broke into pieces when the Veerakumaras offered alaguseva to the Goddess. The king was overwhelmed and became an ardent devotee of the goddess Adhishakthi Draupadi. After this incident, it is said that the king’s sick mother recovered from a fatal disease and the king also had a peaceful and prosperous life. The king was happy and donated huge properties in the form of land and jewels to the temple.

The administration of the temple was taken up by the Mysuru royal family. The Dharmadarshi committee managed the temple in the name of the Maharaja of Mysuru. After independence, the temple was taken to Muzarai department with special community privileges. Presently this temple is the oldest temple in the Muzarai records and is maintained by the Muzarai department.

More than the Historical references and its backgrounds, the practices followed by the temple serve as a proof of its antiquity. The Sthothras recited during the Karaga Shaktyotsava are in the Aravu language, spoken prior to the historical period.
Written February 9, 2016
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hegdemy3
Bengaluru, India535 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Solo
It is one of the hidden treasures of Bangalore. Most of the native Bangaloreans are unaware of this temple. Though surrounded by busiest and dirtiest parts of Bangalore, the temple area is kept clean.
Written October 30, 2018
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Manish K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3,996 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Solo
The Dharmaraya Swamy temple is located close to the Bangalore Corporation and Cubbon Park, though one needs to consult Google Maps to find the place. It's a small temple, which is one of the very few dedicated to the 5 Pandavas from the epic, Mahabharata.

The temple is peaceful and not too crowded. One needs to keep track of the timings as it's closed during the afternoons and only opens after 5 pm. The temple is best known for the colourful Bangalore Karaga celebrations, dedicated to Draupadi, during which it becomes a uib of activity.
Written October 19, 2018
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priZon
Bengaluru, India452 contributions
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Sep 2018 • Family
The only temple dedicated to Pandavas which is very rare in INDIA.

Renowned for Kargha festival which is devoted to goddess Draupadi
Written October 16, 2018
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KishenHarendra
Bengaluru, India702 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Friends
This temple is most famous for the karaga festival...wonderful experience...visit during other times is rather peaceful and not heavily crowded
Written January 23, 2018
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Prasanna R
25 contributions
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Mar 2017
visit this place to relive the grnd old days. you will enjoy the beauty of teh construction. wonder how the olden days this did get constructed.
Written August 14, 2017
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