'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Sri Rajarajeswari temple – Bangalore

Sri Rajarajeswari temple – Bangalore

There are innumerable temples all over the world for the omnipotent Shakthi. She is being called by different names according to the culture and tradition of that particular place and the method of worship also varies accordingly. She is known as Ambika, Parvathy, Lakshmi, Durga, Chandi, Lalitha, Sharda, Kali, Rowdri, Chamundi etc. in her different abodes. Sri Rajarajeswari is the total concept of all these different manifestations. She is all powerful. Now, let us go to Her Kanchanahalli temple in Bangalore.

History of the temple

We can see the welcome arch of the temple on the Bangalore & Mysore highway. Kanchanahalli is one of the many hamlets situated on the banks of the river Vrishabhavati that flows in the suburban place of Bangalore. The temple is situated at Rajeswarinagar. The place got the name due to the location of the temple here. Sri Tiruchi Swamigal established Kailash ashram in Kanchanahalli in the year 1960. The place has the glory of having been the home for sage Athri and his wife Anusuya who lived centuries ago.

Sri Rajarajeswari temple – Bangalore

Sthalapurana

Naradha, the celestial sage once told the three Devis - Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Parvathy that there was no peer to Anusuya's chastity even in heaven. Naradha's words provoked anger and jealousy in the minds of the three Devis. Naradha started his play by giving the three Devis some grains made of iron and asking them to cook them. But none of them could do it while Anusuya did it. Naradha vindicated his claim about the incomparable chastity of Anasuya through this incident. Cooked gram is called 'Pentakarulu' in Kannada language. This word became Bangalore in course of time, it is said. The temple is situated at the site where sage Athri lived with his wife Anusuya.

Emergence of the temple

Sri Tiruchi Swamigal is also known as Sri Sivapuri Swamiji. His guru was Sri Sivapuri Baba. He was in Kathmandu. He asked Tiruchi Swamigal to go to the south where he had to accomplish many good tasks. Tiruchi Swamigal visited Kailash Hills before proceeding to the south and performed meditation there. The three Devis Durga, Saraswathi and Lakshmi blessed him with their vision there and he heard a voice from the sky asking him to go to Karnataka. He then reached Karnataka through Mumbai. The day on which he reached Karnataka was a Makara Sankaranthi day. When Swamiji looked at the sky, he saw three Garudas circling in the sky. He saw exactly the same sight when the three Devis appeared before him at Mount Kailash. Then he walked on the narrow road that led to Kanchanahalli. He decided to build an ashram at the spot where he saw the three birds in the sky. He laid the foundation stone in the month of April in the year 1960. It was this place where sage Athri lived with his wife Anusuya. Subsequently, after a few years, Sri Rajarajeswari temple was built here. The present Peedathipathi of the ashram is Srisri Jayendra Puri Mahaswamiji.

Sri Rajarajeswari temple – Bangalore

Architecture of the temple

We are struck with wonder at the beauty of the temple while a 5-tier Rajagopura welcomes us. The temple, built on the Dravidian style of architecture, conforms to the 'aagama' rules. The presiding deity, Sri Rajarajeswari., wrought as a six-foot statue looks at Her devotees with eyes full of benevolence. Her captivating beauty spellbinds one and all. She has been portrayed with four hands, Her right leg folded and Her left leg touching the floor. Her head has been adorned with the Moon. She holds sugarcane in one of Her hands. Every year, on 27 March, the rays of the sun fall on the forehead of the Devi and climb down up to Her feet. The officials of the temple say that nothing was planned for this incident in the construction of the temple and that it is an unexplainable phenomenon. The temple is always buzzing with activity with devotees thronging the sthala, especially on Tuesdays and Fridays. Brahmotsav, Navarathri, special pujas, homams and rath utsav are special occasions and on these days the crowd is beyond control. Chandi homam is conducted daily.

All the parts of the temple including the front mandap, prahara, pradakshina path, sanctum etc. have been built with artistic taste and quality. A Veda patasala on the lines of Gurukula is being run by the management of the temple. You all can visit this renowned and beautiful temple and be blessed by Sri Rajarajeswari.