|Photo courtesy: Priyanka Menon|
The Kempfort Shiva temple interestingly shares its boundaries with one of the popular hang outs in the city- the Total Mall in Murugeshpalaya. So narrow is the entrance of the temple that you could even be misled into thinking that you’re entering the parking lot of the mall. The way leading to the shrine is so thrilling. It is a small passage and at times you need to duck a little to proceed. It reminded me of my visits to temples in Haridwar, where the shrines were inside the huge caves. Do not miss out on the various Shiva Lingams that you find on the way. You’ll find the Lingams of Rameshwaram, Badrinath, Somnath, Srisailam and all the twelve Jyotirlingams. A special mention to the Ice Shiva Lingam which is maintained at sub zero temperature just the same way as it is naturally in one of the Himalayan Shiva temples. The entire temple premise is well maintained and well looked after. It is neat and clean. Somehow, the atmosphere there is so pleasing. There is a spirituality center where they play a good soothing devotional music. The temple is open to devotees for 24 hours a day.
|Photo Courtesy: Priyanka Menon|
How to get there?
It is located well within the heart of the city, in the old Airport road. BMTC Buses ply regularly on this road. Autos charge roughly around 60-70 bucks from MG Road.
So Bangaloreans, where ever you are, do not miss out on visiting this temple. It is one of the best places to take your parents to ( if they live outside Bangalore ) when they come over here. They’ll be happy.
Shiva’s blessings is all over here.
Hari Hara Mahadev!
To know more about the temple, visit http://www.shivmandir.org.in/