District: Bangalore Rural Town: Doddaballapura Temple: Sri Subramanya Temple
Ghati Sri Subramanya Temple is one of the most popular temples among the hundreds that are scattered in and around Bangalore. People flock in thousands to this temple and the presiding deity, Sri Subramanya, is particularly popular with the Tamilian population of Karnataka.
The temple is located near Doddaballapur in Bangalore Rural district, about 60 km away from Bangalore city, serving as a perfect getaway for the weekend.
Sri Subramanya Temple – Overview
It is an ancient temple, built in Dravidian tradition, similar to many other temples around Bangalore and Mysore, including the Nanjundeshwara temple in Nanjangud, and the famous Chamundeswari temple atop the Chamundi hills. As it is a fairly old temple, with the presiding deities of both Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, it attracts the devotees of both deities.
Though the only place of interest in Ghati is the temple, there are plenty of other attractions within 20–30 km of the temple, and these can keep you occupied during your weekend getaway.
Sri Subramanya Temple – Architecture
As specified above, the style of architecture in this temple is Dravidian. No one knows how long the idols have stood there for, but the Sri Subramanya Temple is believed to be an ancient one. The idol of the Lord is said to be swayambhu, meaning self-originated and not created or sculpted by anyone else. A unique aspect about the temple is that while the sculpture of the Lord Subramanya is positioned towards the East, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha stands at the back of the same idol, facing the West.
The devotees obtain a darshan of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha by way of a strategically placed mirror. The temple is particularly special for those who seek the Lord to bless them with a child.
Sri Subramanya Temple – Religious Significance
The Pushya Suddha Shasti is one of the biggest festivals in this temple as this day is believed to be the birthday of Lord Subramanya. The other major festival in the temple is Narasimha Jayanthi. Skanda Shasti is also celebrated with a lot of fanfare as it is a special day for Lord Subramanya and Panghuni Uttiram, the wedding anniversary of the Lord, is also celebrated.
Vaikashi Vishakam is another special day to the presiding deity here. It is believed by the locals that the Lord is benevolent in his blessings to those who come seeking his blessings to find a compatible partner or to have a child.
How To Get To Sri Subramanya Temple
It is situated about 60 kms from Bangalore city on the Doddaballapur road, about 12 km after crossing Doddaballapur. The nearest railway station is Makali Durga on the Bangalore – Guntakal line. The temple provides free lunch to everyone who partakes in its ‘Nithya Annadhana’ scheme as do most temples in the South. There are many other temples and places of interest pretty close to the temple, in and around Doddaballapur.
Sri Subramanya Temple – Facts
People offer their prayers to a snake mound that is present outside the temple
Milk is also regularly poured into the snake mound so as to appease the Gods
Snakes carved onto stones, also termed as Nagappa, can be seen under a huge Peepal tree and devotees pray for any favors they need at this spot
A multi hooded snake’s silver idol can also be seen near the chief deity
Even if you are not a very devout or religious person, the temple is worth a visit for its beautiful architecture and historical significance, the surrounding country side and other tourist attractions.