Chokkanaatha Swamy Temple, Domlur, Bangalore, 040312
I’d been to the Gavi (Cave) Gangadeshwara Temple earlier, and watched the wonderful phenomenon of the sun’s rays lighting up the lingam in the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum)…but what I had not known was that there is (at least) one more temple in Bangalore, where the same phenomenon occurs…right now (UttarAyaN,the southern traverse of the sun) and between end of September and first week of October (DakshinAyaN…southern traverse of the sun.).
So, when Uma Bharath (fast developing into a very dear friend) called me up on Saturday and said that the time to visit the
was within the next couple of days, and early in the morning (when the rising sun’s rays would fall on the idol of Vishnu)…I dragged an extremely reluctant KM, and a very willing friend, Jayashree, and off we went, early on Sunday morning.
When we got there, it was still dark, and we went into the sanctum, and found a few people already there. It was 6.40am when the priests finished, with clockwork precision, their various pujas and rites, and switched off all the lights in the temple. First, the utsava vigrahas (the smaller idols, which are the ones taken out in temple processions during “utsava” or festivals) were lit up…and then, the idol of vishNu, decorated as Venkateshwara (Lord of Gold)…was aglow and sparkled in the sun’s rays. It was just uncanny to watch….
Here are a few views (photography is allowed at the temple, something I have noticed, and appreciated, in many Karnataka temples.)
Here’s a scene of Vishnu and his devotees, from the temple….
For more photos from the temple,
for my Facebook album
The Facebook album with photos of my visit to the Gavi Gangadheswara Temple is
on another Facebook album