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Sri Gali Anjaneya Temple, Bangalore

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Sri Gali Anjaneya Temple, Bangalore
Gali Anjaneya (Hanuman) Temple is one of the oldest and sacred temples of Bangalore located in Mysore Road Byatarayanapura, the suburb of Bangalore.
Saint Sri Vyasaraya of Channapattana, a great philosopher and devotee to Lord Anjaneya has built around 732 temples for the Lord Anjaneya (Hanuman). It is believed that Sri Vyasaraya established this temple in the year 1425 at the convergence of two rivers - Vrishabhavathi and Paschimavahini (at present only industrial waste is flowing making Vrishabhavathi seem more similar to drain rather than river)

Saint Sri Vyasaraja:

Sri Yatiraja born near the place Chennapatna on taking up the sanyasa came to be known by the name Sri Vyasaraya Tirtha. He is also known as Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha since Sri Krishnadevaraya had given away his rajya to this saint. He was Rajaguru of the Vijayanagar Empire. The Empire went from Saluvas to Thaulavas. But Sri Vyasaraya Tirtha remained the Rajaguru for these two dynasties. Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha a great philosopher and was devoted to Lord Anjaneya. He had built around 732 temples for the Lord. He had been frequenting areas around Mysore Chennapatna, (present) Bangalore during his time..

The Name:

It is believed that once the idol of the Lord Anjaneya open to Gali (Gali means Air in Kannada language), hence the name Gali Anjaneya. It is also believed that since Anjaneya (Hanuman) is son of Vayu, the wind God therefore Gali Anjaneya.
Today this open temple had developed to be a big temple in the extremely congested area Byatarayanapura in Bangalore - Mysore Road.
You can see the tall Rajagopura (entrance tower) at the entrance of the Gali Anjaneya temple and have darshan of Lord Ganesha and Venugopala Swamy. Once you pass the entrance you can see and offer prayers to Sri Rama Parivara and Sri Satya Narayana. The main attraction, Sri Gali Anjaneya Swami is seen facing the Sri Rama Parivara.

Uniqueness of Gali Anjaneya :

Sri Gali Anjaneya Temple, Bangalore
This temple is known to many devotees of the Lord Anjaneya in Bangalore by the name "Gali Anjaneya Gudi". Gali means air and Gudi means temple in Kannada language. This could mean two things firstly because Lord was in Digambara temple originally hence Gali Anjaneya. Secondly since he is son of wind God Vayu hence Gali Anjaneya (Vayu sutha:)..

The west facing Gali Anjaneya is smeared with sinduram (a saffron colored paste) which is considered aspious by Hindus. Probably this is the only ancient temple in south India where the Lord is smeared with this aspious paste of sinduram..

The tail (lankulam) is seen with lots of bents and rolled at the end, denoting that Lord here is santha swaroopi. There is a small bell tied to the tail which is the signature of Saint Vyasaraja related Anjaneya idols..

Sri Gali Anjaneya Temple, Bangalore
The uniqueness of the Lord here is he has a mustache, and a yathurmuki ie, he is facing the devotees directly with both the eyes. The eyes are glowing with power of a saint and a guru and the devotee should be blessed with gyana through them. .

Lords' left hand is seen resting on the hip and holding the lotus flower. His right hand is in abhya mudra offering the quality of nirbhayathvam to all His devotees..

While Lord is seen with all ornaments the small knife in the casing which adores His right hip as an ornament only adds beauty to the Lord who is Santha-gyana swaroopi..

Probably this is the only temple of the Lord Anjaneya in India where Car festival is being held for the last hundred and twenty years.

How to reach Gali Anjaneya Temple: Byatarayanapura is well connected by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transportation Corporation (BMTC) buses with the downtown and other localities in Bangalore.


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