| Shrungagiri Shanmukha Temple, Bangalore
SHRUNGAGIRI SHANMUKHA TEMPLE
Shrungagiri Shanmukha Temple located in RajaRajeshwari Nagar, is one of the important tourist destination and religious places of Bangalore.
It was Lord Shanmukha's own will to choose the unproductive Hillock in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore as his abode and lord inspired His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahaswamiji of Sri Sharada Peetam, Sringeri, to choose Dr R Arunachalam as the contractor to build Shrungagiri Sri Shanmukha Temple on the hillock.
Thus ordained and blessed, Dr. Arunachalam's extraordinary visionary capacity guided him to design the entire temple structure based on the very name of Lord Shanmukha, meaning
a 'Six Faced God' ('Shan' means Six and Mukha means Face in Kannada language)
Architecture of Temple
The Shrungagiri Shanmukha temple is the first of its kind not only in the country, but also in the world. The silent features of the Shrungagiri Shanmukha temple are the Sanctum
Sanctorum (Garbha Gudi) is of traditional design, while the exterior of the Shrungagiri Shanmukha temple is of architectural design and the Temple Tower (Gopuram) is totally
unique depicting the six faces of Lord Shanmukha.
Shrungagiri Shanmukha temple is situated on a hillock which is 240' from the ground level. The total height of the temple is 123' of which the six faced Gopuram itself is 62'
(including 19' up to neck). The Crystal Dome above the Gopuram has a height of 42', with 33' Diameter and 105' Circumference. The six faces of Lord Shanmukha are 6" thick
concrete moulded structures.
The Temple Tower is ultra modern and is being fitted with thousands of Crystals to receive and disperse an array of colorful LED & Laser lights. A laser graphic sky show is also
being organized and the work is in full swing. Once completed, the Temple is bound to be a land mark tourist spot of Bangalore.
Surya Kirana Abhisheka
The uniqueness of Shrungagiri Shanmukha temple is the roof of temple is fixed with a Sun Tracking System having 2 vertical and 2 horizontal sun light sensors, the position of
these sensors themselves face to the Sun from morning till evening and track maximum Sun rays at any given point of time during the day. The Sun rays thus tracked are directed
on to the main deity, from any direction, enabling 'Surya Kirana Abhisheka' to Lord Shanmukha right from early morning.
Apart from the Shanmukha Temple, a Panchamikhi Vinayaka Temple has also been built at the bottom of hill at Shrungagiri. This temple is also unique inasmuch as the Panchamukhi
Vinayaka is "Simhavaahanaroodha" (riding a lion). The temple complex also houses a "Nagara Katte" and plans are afoot to build a Shiva Temple and Navagraha Prathishtapana - both of which again would be unique in nature.
Temple timings: Morning 6:30 to 12:30 and Evening 4:30 to 9:00
Address of Temple
Shrungagiri Shanmukha Temple
Near Kengeri - Uttarahalli Main Road,
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