SHRI JNANAKSHI RAJARAJESHWARI TEMPLE
Rajarajeshwari Nagar is a locality in South Bangalore, Karnataka, India. It is located in the southern part of Bangalore on the Mysore road. The locality has been named after a famous temple - Rajarajeshwari Temple which was built in early 1960s by Sri Tiruchi Swami. The area has lots of greenery and is one of the nice residential localities in Bangalore. Ideal homes, BEML layout, BHEL Layout etc. are the zones with in Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar in short). From Mysore road, there is a Grand Arch constructed at the entrance of this area. The arch was built by the Rajarajeshwari Temple and inaugurated by then Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao.
Shri Jnanakshi Rajarajeshwari Temple
The central focus of the locality is the temple of Jnanakshi Rajarajeshwari established and nurtured by the late Sri Tiruchi Swamigal. The shrine of Shri Rajarajeshwari is an awe-inspiring edifice built of granite stone. The temple has three enclosures in total. The main entrance with a towering Raja Gopuram measuring almost 108 feet in height is under construction. The second enclosure of the temple houses the Dhwaja Sthambam [Flagstaff] and an icon of the Lion, the mount of the Goddess. The central enclosure has distinct parts like the Navaranga, Ardha Mantapa and the Garbhagriha or the Sanctum sanctorum which houses the beautiful image of Mother Rajarajeshwari. The temple follows Agamic way of worship and worship is conducted 5 times during a day, starting with Usha kala puja early in the morning and concluding with the Ardha Yama Puja after which the temple is closed for the day.
The temple celebrates its annual festivities called Brahmotsavam, during the Vasanta Navratri, also known as Chaitra Navaratri. The Brahmotsavam is held for a total of 9 days when the processional image of the Goddess is decorated in various forms of Shakti and mounted on different Vahanas and is brought out in procession around the temple corridors accompanied by music.
The temple has a serene atmosphere and is an ideal place to worship the supreme personality as Shakti, the Divine Mother.
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