Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple), Bangalore
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Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple) - Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple, located in Vasantapura in Bangalore city, is a temple dedicated to the deity Vasantha Vallabharaya, the Hindu god Vishnu. It dates back to the Chola dynasty.

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Entrance of the Temple, view from right side

Situated on a hillock south of Bangalore city in Vasantapura, the Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple, as history records it, belongs to the times of Rishi Mandavya, who, according to sthalapurana, is said to have built the shrine.

According to sthalapurana, Bangalore in the ancient times was called Kalyanpuri and the small town Vasantapura, where, the Vasantha Vallabharaya shrine "devoted to Vishnu" is located, was a site in the midst of a jungle where holy sages meditated.

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

With the passage of time, the greenery was gradually replaced by tilled land. It is said many tirthas (springs) lay on the dirt track that went to the temple site. Those tirthas were considered holy as Lord Vallabharaya "another incarnation of Vishnu" bathed in them after his marriage to Goddess Lakshmi at Narayana Vana, close to Tirupathi. Today, the road to the temple is paved and only two springs called the Devatirtha and Vasantatirtha remain. Sadly, two of those tirthas were filled with soil for real estate work. It is also apparent that the temple area has suffered owing to the steady growth in the development works.

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Entrance of the Temple, view from left side - Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

Considered to be erected during the Chola dynasty, the ancient temple history also carries the story of Rishi Mandavya's finding of a Svayambhu image of Vallabharaya at the site where the shrine presently sits.

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Elephant curved steps

Vasantapura is a small village on the outskirts of Bangalore. It is mainly known for an ancient temple of Vasanta-vallabha-rāya svāmi. A nearby area of the city is known as Vasantha Vallabha Nagar, named after the deity of the temple. Vasantapura is also Ward 197 of BBMP.

Temple

The temple is on Kanakapura Road, and its full name is bhunnila vasantanayaki sameta vasanta vallabhasvāmi temple. Another temple nearby is the Devarakere temple.

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Inner boundary of the temple - Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

The temple has been mentioned as one of places of tourist interest in the city. The temple is more than a thousand years old. The legend (sthalapurana) associated with the temple is that it was established (pratishtha) by the sage Mandavya. Once upon a time, the disciples of Mandavya found him missing from his ashrama. Mandavya settled down in Vasantapura, meditating. It is also believed that if someone unable to go to Tirupati visits the Vasantapura temple, they get an equivalent amount of benefit (punya) from the visit.

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

Once, the sage Mandavya, who was in Badarikashrama in the Himalayas, decided to visit the holy places in South India, and set off toward Melkote. After a darshan of Cheluvanarayana, on his return journey, while meditating, Vallabharayaswami appeared to him in a dream, and told him that he was residing in Kalyanapuri (now Vasantapura) in Bangalore. Mandavya accordingly went to Kalyanapura, and found an enchanting murti (statue/idol) of Vallabha. Having established it according to rites (pratishtha), he began to worship it everyday, living and performing tapas in a cave in Guptagiri nearby. While he was living there, Srinivasa Kalyana took place on earth. Hearing of it only after it had occurred, Mandavya was very dejected at having missed seeing it with his own eyes. God, understanding his depth of feeling, appeared to Mandavya along with his wifes Bhudevi, NeeLadevi, and Vasantanayaki. Having come there, delighted by the beauty of the place, the gods bathed in five lakes nearby, which as a result became holy and came to be known as Shankhatirtha, Chakratirtha, Plavatirtha, Devatirtha, and Vasantatirtha.
Every year, on Māgha month on the Maghā nakshatra, a Brahma-rathotsava is held.

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

The pradhana archaka of the temple was Kirtishesha Sri Raghavabhattar.

As a temple that is (believed to be) established by a rishi, it is considered an example of the Rishi-pratishtha type.

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

In 2010 the temple commissioned a new silver ratha, and had an utsava.

The Kannada film Tumbida Koda, starring Rajkumar and Leelavati, was shot there in 1964. For each of the ten days of shooting, the unit would start after a pooja at the temple.

Urbanisation/development in Vasantapura has increased pace in recent years.

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Tulshi Mancha - Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Tulshi Mancha - Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)

Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
A small temple dedicated to Anjaneya Swamy just opposit to the entrance of Vasanthapura Temple (Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple)
 
 
 
 
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