Lord Shiva Temple Murugeshpalya
About Lord Shiva Temple
The Shiva temple has a 65 foot tall Shiva cement statue in addition to a huge Lord Ganesha statue and a Navagraha temple inside. Beneath the statue is a pathway where models of Shiva exist in different forms. These are often replicas of the lingams found in other parts of the country. One of the famous lingams located here is made of ice and is said to be a replica of Amarnath.
Ravi V. Melwani (RVM) and his father, the founder of the Temple, is said to have had a vision from God to build a Shiv Temple that would spread faith, hope and belief for generations to come. However, they were in confusion as they didn’t have enough money or land then to build such a temple. Being a devotee in God, RVM strongly believed that God would help him find a way to fulfill his vision. His determination and untiring search finally resulted in finding a land suitable for the temple and also a sculptor who could put the dream into brick and mortar.
In a very short span of time, the temple became a reality with the help of the sculptor Kashinath, who built the idol. He did not even use a drawing, a blue print or a measuring tape to build the statue. He used his bare hands on marble paste and finished this spectacular idol.
The Temple was consecrated on the Maha Shivratri day, February 26, 1995 by the Shri Shankaracharya of Sringeri (who is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva). Lakhs of people thronged the Temple to have a glimpse of this wonder, bringing the entire city to a standstill. Ever since the consecration, the Shiva Temple has become a revered spiritual destination. People come here with the belief that their problems will be solved after touching the Shiva idol here, and their problems do disappear. Year after year, with Lord Shiva’s blessings, the temple has been transformed into a destination of faith where dreams come true. Today, the temple attracts millions of devotees not only from India but also from all around the world.
The entrance gate of the Shiv Temple has a 25 feet (7.6 m) Shiv Linga that symbolizes the sacred form of Lord Shiva. The Linga represents the divine energy and infinite nature of Lord Shiva. It has water falling from atop signifying Abhishek. It’s the biggest Shiv Linga Gate in the city.
The statue of Lord Shiva, with the Holy Ganga flowing out of his matted locks, is the first of its kind in the country. Seated in a yogic posture, the deity is a towering symbol of faith. Lakhs of devotees throng the temple to experience God, especially on festive days. The sense of tranquility that one experiences by looking at this large statue, surrounded with mountains and with the blue sky above, is overwhelming. The look on Lord Shiva's face is so serene that it calms anyone who looks at Him. The spiritual energy that exists in the place is overpowering. It is a feeling that one must experience in his/her lifetime.
Lord Ganesha statue is fondly referred to as “Vighnaharan Ganpati” or “the remover of obstacle” by devotees. While tying the saffron-colored holy thread to the 32 feet (9.8 m) tall Lord Ganesha at the Shiva temple, devotees share their problems with the belief that He will take care of their problems and resolve them.
The Healing Stones are two bell tower pillars facing Lord Shiva’s idol. They are very powerful and are known to have magically cured numerous ailing patients over the years. Devotees touch this healing stone with faith and experience miracles in their life.
The Pratyaksh Ling at the Temple represents Lord Shiva’s power and is present throughout the day – in the morning, evening, and midnight. At the time of Aarti, the Ling is purified with water showers, which symbolizes purification by the water from Manasarovar Lake.
By Air: Hal Bangalore International Airport, is just 1.2km away from Temple.
By Rail: The Krishnarajapuram Railway Station is just 5.2 kms away from Temple. And Baiyappanahalli Metro Terminus is just 3.7 km.
By Road: Buses are well correlated to most of the places of Bangalore you can easily travel to Murgeshpalya via buses.
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- Devanahalli Fort.
- Bellandur Lake.
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The auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri is consecrated and celebrated as the “Gratitude Day” at the Shiv Temple. Thousands of devotees throng the temple on this day and bless for the well-being of their near and dear ones. Devotees can perform different poojas at the temple in gratitude of God. Special prasadam and Jagaran, where devotees take part in bhajans throughout the night, are also arranged.
Symbolic Spiritual Activities by Temple:
Letter to God
The temple offers a one-of-its kind experience to its devotees and let them write letter to God and offer them at the holy pyre at the Maha Yagna. By doing this, they share their inner feelings and wishes with God.
Light and sound show
This unique Light and Sound show, accompanied by colorful lights, mellow music and sublime dialogues help devotees find answers to several questions rooted in the hearts. The mesmerizing light effect and music bring alive the idol of Lord Shiva, inspiring and filling the devotees with a deep sense of reverence.
The Navagraha (nine planets) Pooja is a prayer to the Creator of the entire universe and the nine planets. When you perform the Navagraha Pooja, you symbolically and humbly submit to God. You acknowledge your insignificance and accept the Power with Dedication and Devotion.
Ling Abhishek is the act of symbolically cleansing and purifying your inner self. Each thing has its own unique meaning and significance. Water to cleanse, Milk to purify, Curd to transform, Sugar to sweeten, Honey to connect to God, and Ghee to seek God to bless our hard work.
Maha Yagna is a very Special Pooja that was done several thousand years ago by the kings and the Rishis to appease God. Symbolically, a devotee can surrender through Arpanam into the Havan and drop a habit while doing this pooja.
Shiv Raksha Dhaga Pooja
Shiv Raksha Dhaga is a spiritual thread tied by the Poojari after performing the Shiv Pooja. It carries the blessings of Lord Shiva and continues to protect the one who wears the thread against fear, danger and disease as one has prayed for. As long as we wear this thread, no evil can come close to us because we are under the Divine Protection of Lord Shiva. This Special Pooja helps devotees seek Lord Shiva’s blessings to fulfill their innermost desires.
Diya symbolizes life. In the same way, when devotees let the Diya float in the Holy Manasarovar, they accept the Will of God and let God take charge of their life. They believe God to be in command of their Life.
Aarti is a symbolic expression of complete dedication and devotion by surrendering ourselves to God. Aarti is a form of prayer where one holds the lighted lamp in their hand and prays to God with complete concentration. In an Aarti, a person’s body, mind and soul are entirely immersed in prayer. All senses of a person including eyes, ears and hands are so involved in this prayer that it is the deepest form of concentrated prayer.
Lord Ganesha is fondly referred to as ‘Vighnaharan Ganpathi’ or ‘the remover of obstacles’ by his devotees. “Vighna” means obstacle and “Haran” means remover or solver. Therefore, when devotees come to pray at the Lord Ganesha statue, they tie a thread near the idol. While tying the saffron-colored holy thread, devotees share their problems with the Ganesha with the belief that He will take care of their problems. Amazingly, miracles have happened at the Shiva Mandir where Ganesha’s blessings have actually made the problems disappear for many devotees.
Faith has magical power; it makes all your dreams come true. To experience this magic, devotees can pick up the special coin, Miracle Coin. With this coin in their hands, devotees stand atop the Miracle Point and chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya‘ seven times and then drop the coin in the holy Manasarovar pond. This strong form of prayer works wonders when performed with true devotion and dedication.
Bhajans are nothing but songs in praise of God. A Bhajan sung with devotion connects us with God. The Temple conducts regular Live Bhajans as well as plays recorded Bhajans. India’s 16 best renowned singers have rendered their voices to RVM Shiv Bhajans. Spiritual Yatras inside the Temple
Om Namah Shivaya Yatra
For 108 Om Namah Shivaya Yatra, the devotees are given 108 coins that should be dropped one by one in the 108 holy bowls while chanting “Om Namah Shivaya” with complete dedication and devotion. ONS Yatra is believed to cleanse one’s mind from negative thoughts. Barah Jyotir Ling Yatra This Yatra offers a unique opportunity to those who have not got the chance to visit all these holy shrines located across different parts of the country. The Barah Jyotir Ling Yatra is a symbolic pilgrimage through the 12 sacred Shiv Lings from Mahakaleshwar to Rameshwaram and from Somnath to Vaidyanath.
Paanch Dhaam Yatra
According to Hindu mythology, a pilgrimage to different holy places helps one to attain Moksha (liberation). The Shiv Temple has made it possible for everyone to visit these places under one roof. The Paanch Dham Yatra helps the devotee visit Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath, and Amarnath – the holiest of shrines symbolically. The devotees get a chance to touch the sacred Ling of Amarnath formed completely in ice.