Ramohalli : Big Banyan tree and Mukthi Naga temple

#1 Dec 26th, 2006, 06:50
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We left Bangalore by taxi at about 8.30 am on a cold Sunday morning and took the Mysore road route. After Kengeri , you get the Kumbalgod cross, where you can see boards asking you to take right turn for the Big Banyan Tree (Dodda Alaada maraa). After crossing a Railway Level crossing, you pass by the Mcdowell and other Pharmaceutical factories which form the Kumbalgod Industrial Estate. The Banyan Tree is about 6kms from here. Around the halfway mark, you can turn right to go to the Mukthi Naga temple which is around 2-3 kms on a kutcha road. Here you find a temple with a giant idol of the 7 headed Nagadevatha,who is actually Lord Subramanaya in the Naga form, said to be one of the biggest in the world.Though the temple is new one, the legend behind the temple is more than 250years old. The legend is that devotees making 9 pradakshinas around the "hutta" (anthill) where the serpent resides will have their wishes fulfilled within 90 days.Devotees are asked first to do this pradakshinas, then visit the Siddhi Vinayaka temple and then only offer prayers at the Mukthi Naga temple. A small office is open to book puja tickets, buy prasadams and Cassettes/VCDs.
More info about this temple can be had at www.subrahmanyakshetra.com
After an hour at this temple we hit the road again to proceed to the Big Banyan tree which is about 3-4 kms from here.On the way you pass lot of plant nurseries and farm houses.The 400year old Banyan tree though awesome has lost much of its past glory, with many telling that the size has reduced considerably in the past 15-20 years with branches at the peripharal all but withering away and dying.A victim of pollution? Though cool and shady,maintainence of the premises left a lot to be desired with overflowing waste bins, etc..Most of the trunks and branches have been vandalised with an old watchman not being able to do much.Watch out for a huge number of monkeys waiting for the right moment to grab anything it can lay its hands on : food, cameras,caps ...Advised to carry your own food as most of the small hotels there are dirty and unhygenic.Locals say the KSTDC Mayura hotel has closed down while a pricey, new hotel/resort owned by Kannada film star Upendra has come up.
We spend probably an hour under this tree enjoying the shade and taking photos. On the way back we took the Tavarekere-Magadi Road to reach Bangalore.After about 6-7 kms of a newly metalled road, we reach the Magadi Road and taking a right you reach Vijaynagar Tollgate , after about 15kms. This journey was far more quicker than the Mysore road one.
Overall a nice Sunday outing.
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#2 Dec 26th, 2006, 09:45
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hey syamm
your post brought back memories of many outings during my childhood days. ty
#3 Feb 4th, 2007, 04:08
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Thanks, wow. That temple sounds amazing! Subhramanya in snake form! Any photos of the place? I'm dying to visit..!
#4 Feb 15th, 2007, 10:15
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photos of the Mukthinaga temple at this website:

www.subrahmanyakshetra.com

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