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Near the Ulsoor Lake stands the elegant and white Sikh Gurudwara. Opened on 13 April 1946, it is the main Sikh temple in Bangalore. Having been renovated recently, the temple looks resplendent with marble floors.
Devotees from all religions and communities are welcome to the temple.The prayer hall is large and well-ventilated. It can accommodate about 500 devotees at a time. Special prayers are offered every Sunday and the temple wears a colourful look. Nearly a thousand people from all religions come here to worship. Bhajans and kirtanas are sung in praise of Guru Nanak and Guru Granth Sahib. After this, meals (vegetables, dal, chapatis and payasam) are served to all.

There is a school, a medical centre and a function hall in the premises. The temple also provides accommodation (a day's stay) to the tourists. The Sri Guru Singh Sabha manages the affairs of the temple, but it is the devotees who sponsor free medical consultancy and Sunday meals.





The most impressive mosque in Bangalore is Jamia Masjid, situated near City Market. It dazzles in the sun with its exterior of pristine white marble from Rajasthan. Rayyaz Asifuddin from Hyderabad designed it and the foundation stone was laid by Sir Mirza Ismail (Dewan of Mysore) in 1940. Its balconies are exquisitely fashioned with jali work.

It is a five-storeyed structure, which can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers. The atmosphere inside the mosque is cool, serene and airy, with an ablution pool in the centre. However the oldest mosque in the city is the Jumma Masjid at Cantonment area, which is a brick and mortar structure with ornate jali-work and floral motifs in plaster on the facade. It is located on Old Poor House Road and was once called the Sangian Jamia Masjid. Granite pillars adorn the raised prayer hall of the mosque

Tawakkal Mastan

This is probably the first dargah to be associated with a Hindu festival. The dargah honours the Sufi saint, Hazrat Tawakkal Mastan. Legend has it that that the saint was a mason from Arabia who was involved in the construction of Haidar's fort. He had the misfortune of being trampled on by a crowd during a karaga procession. It is said that he fainted and was revived by some priests who applied kum-kum on his wounds, which is what was supposed to have healed him. He then insisted that the procession stop at the dargah every time. It is situated in Cottonpet and also has a marriage hall and a school.

St Patricks Church

This is one of the oldest churches in the city (around 150 years old). Located on Brigade road, this church was consecrated as a cathedral in 1899. Father Chevalier was responsible for building this church, which boasts of a lovely arched entrance flanked by twin columns. Twelve pillars symbolising the twelve apostles add grace to the interiors of the church. The Church is a prestigious one being an important place for worship and weddings.

People who have grown up in Bangalore are aware of St Patrick's Church on Residency Road, recognizeable by its twin spires. The services held on a Sunday morning were interesting not so much for the priests homily but for the swallows that flew around the interior of the church, quite unmindful of the congregation seated within.

Infant Jesus Church at Vivek Nagar

The Church has a long history of sacrifice and devotion from the time it was first conceived by Fr Paul Kinatukara in the sixties. In April 1970, the foundation was laid by Rev.Dr.Lourduswamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore, with absolutely nothing to get started.It was Fr. L. Peter who set out on a daunting mission to establish the church on a firm footing. Persisting faith and courage prevailed and finally the present church was opened in the year 1979, despite gruelling obstacles. The most noticeable feature of the church is the secular nature of the devotees.

The Infant Jesus Church was recently rebuilt making it the biggest church in Karnataka. The newly built Church, a popular pilgrimage centre at Viveknagar in Bangalore was on inaugurated by Dr Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore on June 10, 2005.

Representative of the Vatican in India Dr Pedro Lopez Quintana dedicated the new church at a Eucharistic celebration.

In terms of accommodating the number of people, this is the largest church in Karnataka. With 312 benches, it can seat about 3,500 persons inside the worship hall and another 5,000 people in the open podium area.

St. Mary's Basilica

A small chapel was the original structure built by Abbe Dubois, French missionary. This chapel is right opposite the Russel Market Square. The interior is remarkable, with stained glass windows and multiple columns with a rich Corinthian capital supporting the stately arches. Many devotees dressed in orange, gather here to celebrate St Mary's Feast in September every year. A papal order from Pope John Paul VI gave the church the status of a Basilica in 1973. If you seek the Mother Mary's blessings then visit the church on Saturday. The present structure was built in 1875-1882.

St. Andrew's Kirk

The only Scottish Kirk in Bangalore, situated on Cubon Road parallel to MG Road contains stained glass windows depicting Lord Jesus and his eight apostles. A pipe organ was also installed here in 1881. The walls are adorned with polished brass plaques. There is also a plaque of John Cook, the Principal of Central College in Bangalore in 1915.

Holy Trinity Church

This beautiful landmark at the east end of the M.G. Road was built in 1848-51. It is built in the English Renaissance style.The church can accommodate 700 people and is regarded as the largest "military" church in Southern India.

Sri Mahavir Digambara Jain Temple

Located in the Dewan’s lane of Chickpet area (of the Bengaluru Pete) this Jain palce of worship has an idol of Bhagawan Mahavira in the kayotsarga posture. The temple was constructed in 1878 has undergone many renovations. The idols of Bhagawan Parshwanatha, Bahubali, Vimalanatha, Ananathanatha and Brahma Yaksha are seen in this temple. A Dharmashala (guest house) for the pilgrims, Mahaveera Bhavan (house), Ahimsa Mandir (House of non-violence) and a well equipped library containing the books on Jainism are part of the temple complex.

Shri Adinath Digambar Jain temple

is a new temple built in Jayanagar. The construction of this temple started in the early part of this decade and was completed in 2007. The temple is built in white marble with colourful shades. The entrance gate is a nicely sculpted. Two white marble elephants are at the foot steps of stairs to reach the main mandir (pictured). Well known Swethambara Jain Temples are located (Jain), Gandhinagar, Bangalore, Sajjan Rao Circle, Bangalore and Jaya Nagar in Bangalore.

The Maha Bodhi Society (MBS)

The Society was established by Acharya Buddharakkhita in 1956 at Bangalore with the objective of propagating the teachings of the Buddha and to provide the inspiration and facilities for putting that teaching into practice through spiritual, social, educational activities. The first act of the Acharya was to plant a sapling of the holy Bodhi tree from Bodh Gaya at the premises of the proposed Society. This tree has grown with the Society and is venerated. The Maha Bodhi Society Temple, a relatively new structure, was then built with the main shrine replicating the historic tower at Bodh Gaya. Temple as built is a brick structure with a central tower of 55 m (180.4 ft) height. The Stupa that represents a basic factor in the teaching of the Buddha has also been built at the entrance to the Temple which is made of granite and it enshrines a relic of the Buddha. The temple, the stupa and the Bodhi tree in the temple complex now form a unique landmark in Bangalore. It is a place of worship and meditation, a center of pilgrimage for people from all over India and other countries.
Buddha idols inside the Vihar.

Choe Khor Sum Ling Centre

This Tibetian centre for the study and practice in the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism is located in Domlur.. This Centre was set up in 2003 at the initiative of HH Dalai Lama by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The name of the center means 'The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma'. Buddhist meditation techniques and teachings on the various aspects of the ‘Graduated Path to Enlightenment’ are taught here. In addition to regular teachings, every few weeks the Centre also invites senior Lamas to give talks on important aspects of the Buddhist path, which are followed by instructions into different meditation practices. Ahimsamaya, a magazine devoted to vast heritage of the Pragya Paramita Buddhist tradition of Indian thinking in philosophy and spirituality is also brought out by the Centre.




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