Hanumanthanagar, Bengaluru

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Hanumanthanagar is located in Bengaluru
Coordinates: 12°56′37″N 77°33′45″E / 12.943486°N 77.56239°E / 12.943486; 77.56239Coordinates: 12°56′37″N 77°33′45″E / 12.943486°N 77.56239°E / 12.943486; 77.56239
DistrictBengaluru Urban
ZoneBengaluru South
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91-80
Vehicle registrationKA 05
Lok Sabha constituencyBangalore South
Vidhan Sabha constituencyBasavanagudi

Hanumanthanagar (Kannada: ಹನುಮಂತನಗರ), is a locality in Banashankari suburb of South Bangalore. It gets its name from the Ramanjaneya Temple.[1] near KH Kalasoudha.[2]

Kumara Swamy Temple over Mount Joy in Hanumantha Nagar
Long Standing Gopuram at Kumara Swamy temple

This area is one of the oldest areas of Bangalore. Byatarayanapura, Srinagar, Nagendra Block, Kalidasa Layout, Raghavendra Block, Brindavan Nagar, Srinivasa Nagar, Vidyapeetha, SBM colony and Ashok Nagar are the neighbouring areas.

Hanumanthanagar is well-known for the Ramanjaneya Temple, Kumara Swamy Devasthana and KH Kalasoudha. The Head office of Hanumanthanagar Cooperative Bank (which has many branches in Bangalore) is also located here.

Temples in Hanumanthanagar[edit]

Ramanjaneya Gudda Temple[edit]

This Temple is located atop Ramanjaneya Gudda, meaning Ramanjaneya Hill adjacent to KH Kalasoudha and Hanumanthanagar Park.[3]

Kumara Swamy temple[edit]

The temple is located on top of a gentle hill, known as Mount Joy, with walkways and stairs leading to the summit. The temple at the top of the hill is dedicated to Lord Kumara Swamy. Special prayers are performed during "Subbaraya (Subramanya) Shasti". Adjoining the Lord Kumara Swamy, are the Sacred Shiva Linga, Lord Ganesha in his seated posture and Goddess Parvathi. Also have been consecrated, the Navagrahas, in a separate shrine adjoining this shrine, within the same hall. The Gopuram at the Entrance preceding a huge open hall, preceding the hall enshrining the Main Shrine, as we can see it, is sculpted with the Lord's image of his role as a Guru to the Lord Shiva himself. This is exactly the same as Swamimalai in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. Swamimalai is one of the six pilgrimage centres (Aru Padai Kshetram ) dedicated to the Lord Subrahmanya and it is at Swamimalai that the Lord Kumara Swamy became the Guru to his own father, the Lord Shiva himself. In the past, the sanctum sanctorum had a pancha-loha IDOL ( the granite idol seen and worshipped now is of much later origin ). This original pancha-loha idol is now seen enshrined separately in the Hall preceding the hall enshrining the sanctum sanctorum.[4][5][6]

Pancha-Mukhi Ganesha temple[edit]

At the foot of the hill is Pancha-Mukhi Ganesha temple. This modern temple has an idol of Lord Ganesha with five heads, hence the name Pancha-MukHi Ganesha. His Vaahana there is different and away from the usual mooshika vahanaa. There, his vaahana is the Simha (lion). The recurring dominant presence of the negative and false ego that corrupts the mind is depicted by the lion and the Lord Ganesha, in this form of his, is worshipped to win over such a mind with such an ego. Since no trick, courage, or bravery whatsoever method of such minds and the associated negative and false ego that corrupts the mind, succeeds in its war against the Lord Ganesha, this form of his (also synonymous with the name Vakratunda Mahaganapathi), is worshipped for all-round victory and a calm and composed state of balance (soul, mind and body) and existence perfectly in a perfect and complete rhythm, in totality and entirety, with the law of nature[7]


  1. ^ "Sri_Ramanjaneya_Temple_Hanumanth_nagar". Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Watch two plays at KH Kala Soudha today - Times of India". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Things to do today in Bengaluru". Bangalore Mirror.
  4. ^ K, Anantha Subramanyam (July 31, 2013). "Devotees carrying Kavadi in Bangalore | Latest News & Updates at DNAIndia.com". DNA India.
  5. ^ "Temple - Main".
  6. ^ "Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, 4th Main Road 50 Feet Road, Hanumanthanagar, Bangalore | Temples | Video Driving Directions | Route Map | Location Map - VIDTEQ". www.vidteq.com.
  7. ^ "Prasanna Ganapathi: Have you visited the techie and traffic Ganesha temples yet? | Bengaluru News - Times of India". The Times of India.

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