Built around 400 years ago, during the reign of Kempegowda I, Kote Shri Jalakanteshwaraswamy Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore
. This temple, near the Kalasipalya bus terminus
, has many interesting beliefs and unique features associated with it. The three sanctums of the temple enshrine Jalakanteshwara in the center, Goddess Parvati
on the left and Lord Kailashnatheshwar (Shiva
) on the right.
The walls of the sanctum are adorned with the statues of different gods in their rarest forms. The Navagraha
are presented in nine stone pillars. The temple also houses the images of Lord Ganesh
in various forms. The temple ceiling bears beautiful carvings of a tortoise (kurma), snake (sarpa) and fish (matsya). A huge Pushkarini (lake) on its northern side adds holiness to the place.
There is a strong belief that meditating in front of the sanctum of Lord Kailashnatheshwar Swamy will keep one away from diseases and enemies.
The temple is easily accessible from Kalasipalya bus terminus
. Bangalore City Junction Railway Station
and Bangalore International Airport
serve this region.