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Lord Shanmukha is worshipped in many names and many forms. The Lord is popularly known as Lord Muruga and Subramanya among Tamilians and Kannadigas. The name Shanmukha represents his six faces. The Shrunga Giri Sri Shanmukha Swamy Temple is located on a tiny hill called Shrungagiri in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore. The Temple is 13 km away from Bangalore city. As it carries the name Shanmukha, the Temple tower is sculpted with six faces of the Lord. He blesses his devotees in the Temple in the form of Lord Skanda.
Lord Shanmukha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Lord abundantly showers brave and intelligence on his devotees. Sringeri Sri Sharada Peetham Sri Bharathi Tirtha Mahaswamiji laid the Temple's foundation stone. The legend behind the Shrunga Giri Sri Shanmukha Swamy Temple is that Swamiji chose the barren hillock to be the Lord's abode after a mesmerizing darshan of Lord Shanmukha in his dream.
Sri Bharathi Tirtha Mahaswamiji is the presiding Pontiff and the 36th Jagadguru of the Sringeri Sri Sharada Peetham. When he was 15 years, he found his guru, Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamiji. He served his Swamiji as a devotee for eight years. In the later part of 1974, he embraced Sanyasa's life. After 15 years of Divine guidance and care from his guru,
His Holiness Sri Bharathi Tirtha Mahaswamiji is the presiding Pontiff and the 36th Jagadguru of the celebrated Sringeri Sri Sharada Peetham. His Holiness found his guru, Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamiji, at age 15 and served him for eight years. Later in 1974, he renounced the world by embracing Sanyasa, the ascetic form of being in a state of disinterest from earthly life to lead a simple, peaceful, spiritual life. After 15 years of Divine care and guidance from his guru, he ascended as the 36th Jagadguru Shankaracharya to the Transcendental Wisdom throne in 1989. Since then, he has been spiritually guiding many millions of people.
Dr. R. Arunachalam, the renowned architect, designed Shrunga Giri Sri Shanmukha Swamy Temple with his fantastic imagination and used his incredible artistic sense to design the Temple architecture as the best. He created the entire Temple based on the name of Lord Shanmukha, which means "Six-Faced God," and the concept of a "star." The sanctum (Garbha Graha), Prakara, hall, roof, and outer walls are all based on "star" shaped construction. The most captivating feature of the Shrunga Giri Sri Shanmukha Swamy Temple is its Temple tower. It carries the six faces of the Lord, which are 6" thick concrete molded structures. His six heads denote his different attributes Kirti (fame), Sree (wealth), Aishwarya (Divine powers), Jhana (wisdom), Vairagya (dispassion), and Bala (strength).
The Temple is located on a hill that is 240 feet above ground level. The total height of the Shrunga Giri Sri Shanmukha Swamy Temple is 123 feet, of which the tower occupies 62 feet. On top of the Temple tower, a crystal dome is embedded with 3,000 crystals.
A rainbow pattern is visible when the sunlight falls on the crystals during the day. At night, LED lights illuminate the crystal dome, which has 16 color combinations to form 138 patterns.
Above the tower is a dome standing at the height of 42 feet embedded with 3000 crystals. Pilgrims can enjoy rainbow patterns when sunlight falls on the crystals. At the same time, the sun rays fall on the deity facilitating 'Surya Kiran Abhisheka.' The Temple's dome shimmers the entire Temple with LED lights at night. Pilgrims can view 138 patterns from 16 color combinations from the illuminating dome. Two beautiful peacock statues adorn the entrance of the Shrunga Giri Sri Shanmukha Swamy Temple as it is said to be the vehicle of Lord Muruga.
The first sanctum is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Panchamukhi Vinayaka, "Simhavaahanaroodha." It means the five-faced Lord Ganesha riding on a lion. Next to the Ganesha idol, devotees can see a vast Shiva Trishul surrounded by a red cave. In the sanctum of Lord Arunachaleswara, pilgrims can see a precious "Spatika Shivalinga." Goddess Parvati's idol is also there in the sanctum.
After reaching Shrunga Giri Sri Shanmukha Swamy Temple tower, devotees can see the main sanctum dedicated to Lord Shanmukha. Lord Shanmukha and his two consorts, Devasena and Valli, bless their devotees from here. Over 1,000 unique idols of Lord Ganesha are displayed in the Prakara museum.
Skanda Sashti Vratam is an important festival in the Shrunga Giri Sri Shanmukha Swamy Temple, observed on Shukla Paksha day. The Skanda Sashti day begins with Sunrise and ends with Sunrise. So on this auspicious day, fasting starts at Sunrise and ends the next day after offering Pooja to Lord Surya. For prayers and blessings, millions of devotees visit the Temple.
Lord Shanmukha, a warrior god, bestows victory on his devotees. Visiting the Temple and chanting his Mantras in the Temple negate all kinds of failures and worries. The Lord blesses his devotees with bravery. Lord Shanmukha showers health, peace, and good fortunes in this Temple.
Many BMTC buses are available from the Rajarajeshwari Arch or Uttarahalli. Since no buses stop at the Temple entrance, devotees shall get down at the nearest bus stop and get an auto or walk to the Shrunga Giri Sri Shanmukha Swamy Temple.
Devotees can hire a taxi or travel by bus from the Bangalore Railway station.
Pilgrims can reach Bangalore airport and hire a taxi to the Shrunga Giri Sri Shanmukha Swamy Temple.
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