Friday, 20 February 2009

For the Admirers Of Indian Art

Hi everyone....

Let Me introduce you all to a bonanza of info on Indian Art and Architecture.

www.poetryinstone.in is a tremendous initiative take by Mr VJ to bring to the forefront droplets from the ocean of Indian Art and Architecture.

Let us all take a dip into this ocean and relish the effort of Mr VJ and wish him more success in his endeavor

Great Job Mr VJ.. Wish you all the best and hope you celebrate your 1000 posts very soon !

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Forgotten Temple in Koramangala (Heritage)


Being in Koramangala for more than 4 years, one thought was continuously nagging me for a long time. It all started through one of the articles in “The Hindu”.

There excerpts of the article as follows:

Forgotten Koramangala Laxmi Temple Built by King Kempe Gowda
“There is a heroic yet pathetic story about the fort. During the construction it is said that the southern gate would fall off no sooner than it was built and human sacrifice was indicated to ward off the evil spirits. A benevolent ruler like Kempe Gowda could not even dream of such monstrosity.

Realizing his plight, his daughter-in-law, Lakshamma, sacrificed her life at the southern gate in the darkness of night. Today the gate and the fort are no longer there, but her memory finds expression in a temple in her name in Koramangala. “


Link: http://thehindujobs.com/thehindu/mp/2002/07/18/stories/2002071800480200.htm

Even though there were many mention of the above tale but there was no mention of the exact lo
cation. I tried many sources to pin point the exact location but all of no avail.

After about four year of reading the above article, Answer came in a most unexpected way while inquiring in Koramangala's Anjaneya temple. A gentleman came from behind and informed that the temple I was inquiring is in Koramangala V
illage, on the lane besides Safal Store (Opp. Passport Office) and near to Bajaj's Popular Showroom.

When i reached the spot I saw that Temple has been totally encroached upon and is literally struggling for its survival. The temple was close. During my next visit also I found the temple closed. When I tried to find about the temple timings, I was told that the temple only opens on Friday morning and that too for a short period of time.

Hope I will be lucky next time to visit the temple when it is open.

Watch this space for further updates after my fruitful visit to Temple.:-)

Monday, 9 February 2009