Gali Anjaneya Temple, Bangalore
Gali Anjaneya (Hanuman) Temple is one of the oldest and sacred temples of Bangalore located in Mysore Road Byatarayanapura, the suburb of Bangalore.
Saint Sri Vyasaraya of Channapattana, a great philosopher and devotee to Lord Anjaneya has built around 732 temples for the Lord Anjaneya (Hanuman). It is believed that Sri
Vyasaraya established this temple in the year 1425 at the convergence of two rivers - Vrishabhavathi and Paschimavahini (at present only industrial waste is flowing making
Vrishabhavathi seem more similar to drain rather than river)
It is believed that once the idol of the Lord Anjaneya open to Gali (Gali means Air in Kannada language), hence the name Gali Anjaneya. It is also believed that since Anjaneya
(Hanuman) is son of Vayu, the wind God therefore Gali Anjaneya.
Today this open temple had developed to be a big temple in the extremely congested area Byatarayanapura in Bangalore - Mysore Road.
You can see the tall Rajagopura (entrance tower) at the entrance of the Gali Anjaneya temple and have darshan of Lord Ganesha and Venugopala Swamy. Once you pass the entrance
you can see and offer prayers to Sri Rama Parivara and Sri Satya Narayana. The main attraction, Sri Gali Anjaneya Swami is seen facing the Sri Rama Parivara.
Idol of Anjaneya
The west facing Gali Anjaneya is smeared with Sinduram (a saffron colored paste) which is considered auspicious by Hindus. The lord here is shantha swaroopi (Calm).
The left hand of Gali Anjaneya is resting on the hip and holding the flower. The right hand is in abhya mudra posture offering the quality of nirbhayathvam to all his devotees. Another attraction of this Anjaneya is that he has a mustache and a yathurmuki that is he is facing the devotees directly with both the eyes.
The tail has lots of bents and rolled at the end, denoting that Gali Anjaneya here is Shantha Swaroopi. There is a small bell tied to the tail which is the indicates of Saint
Vyasaraya linked Anjaneya idols. The uniqueness of Gali Anjaneya Temple is the Car festival is being held for the last hundred and twenty years.
People visit Gali Anjaneya temple to get the blessings of Gali Anjaneya and to get rid of troubles in their life. Politicians come here to worship Lord Anjaneya before starting the election campaigns. Devotees throng here with great faith to get 'Purna Kripa Drishti' from the Lord.
How to Reach Gali Anjaneya Temple
Byatarayanapura is well connected by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transportation Corporation (BMTC) buses with the downtown and other localities in Bangalore.
Gali Anjaneya Temple,
Mysore Road, Byatarayanpura, Byatarayanapura,
Banashankari Stage I, Banashankari,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560026
Phone Number: 080-26743032
Ancient Temples in Bangalore