Temple: Sri Shanimahathma Temple
Sri Shanimahathma Temple – Overview
Shani or Shanishwara is one of the nine planets in Hindu astrology. Shanishwara is an embodiment of Saturn. He is the son of Suryadeva and his second wife Chaya Devi. He is one of the most feared and revered astrological deities.
Sri Shanimahathma Temple – Religious Significance
He is a strict Deva who metes out the punishment he has been ordained to give with severity. Yet, He also blesses with generosity. Shanishwara’s negative influence on one’s natal chart is one of the most feared beliefs in India. People flock to temples to worship Shanishwara, in order to lessen the ill effects of his influence. There are many temples for Shanishwara, one of the most famous being the temple at Thirunallar in Tamilnadu.
Sri Shanimahathma Temple – Facts
Bangalore has a few Shanishwara temples too. The Sri Shanimahathma Temple at Chikka Madure is considered to be one of the oldest. This temple is located on the banks of Madhure Kere, a big lake. This temple is constructed in the South Indian style, with a Gopura.
The annual festivals in which an idol of Shanishwara is taken out on a procession on a chariot attract a lot of devotees. People come to this temple to pray to Lord Shanimahayhma and to offer Ellu Batti– black sesame seeds tied up in a piece of cloth and soaked in gingelly oil. This offering is believed to please Lord Shanishwara.
How to Get To Sri Shanimahathma Temple
If you plan to travel by bus, take a Bangalore Metro bus to Nelamangala. From Nelamangala, you should catch another bus to take you to Madhure, on Doddabellapore road. If you are planning to use a car, take the Bangalore – Pune highway till you reach Nelamangala. From Nelamangala take the road to Doddabellapore.