Rains were lashing Bengaluru again. The monsoon winds summoned for a short drive. The NH4 - Tumkur road is the nearest highway to my place. Very near on this highway, the outskirts of Bengaluru has a peaceful place - Vishwa Shanti ashram Bangalore - Vijaya Vittala / Vishwaroopa / Vishvarupa temple.
Brief on the place:
Vishwa Shanti ashram is located near Nelamagala, around 27kms from Bengaluru. The Ashram is here since long and is believed to be established in 1982 by Sant Keshavadas and inaugurated in 1990. The place is an ideal for a day out picnic and relaxation. This spot has been featured in few movie shoots, mainly famous for the giant Vishwaroopa Vishnu Statue.
On a Saturday afternoon after a delightful lunch, my friend and I started driving to the Vishwa Shanthi ashram. The sky was covered with dark clouds. The NH4 has great roads and a fast drive on the flyovers was really thrilling. A straight ride of 40mins led us to Vijaya Vittala Nagar. Note that the entrance is on the main road only, but Google Navigation misled us to take a left turn.
[caption id="attachment_4674" align="alignnone" width="1086"] The entrance of the premises[/caption]
The entrance with the name "Shree Vijaya Vittala temple and Vishwa Shanti Ashram" greeted us. The board is not pretty noticeable from the main road, so watch out to stop at the correct place. As we pitched in, a parallel road, surrounded by well-maintained garden paved the way. The premises are vast sprawling over 15 acres of land.
The Vijaya Vittala statue
Moving further, the 36ft tall Vijaya Vittala statue captured the sight, which looked amazing and very well carved. The Sanskrit word "Vijaya Vittala" refers to "the victorious form of Lord Vishnu standing on a brick". On special days, the idol will be anointed and decorated with flowers.
[caption id="attachment_4650" align="alignnone" width="1086"] The Vijaya Vittala temple[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4653" align="alignnone" width="748"] 36ft Vijaya Vittala statue[/caption]
Beneath the statue is a small temple of Lakshmi and Narayana, surrounded by the Asta Lakshmi idols. The Rama nama stupa installed here The place is more followed by the Vaishnava cult. The details are more oriented to Lord Vishnu and Mahabharatha.
[caption id="attachment_4652" align="alignnone" width="1107"] Lakshmi Narayana[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4802" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Rama Nama Taraka Stupa, and temple premises[/caption]
The beautiful Tulsi pot and the mighty lamp
Another attraction here is the sacred Asta Lakshmi Tulsi structure. Each face of the pot has an incarnation of Lakshmi - Adi, Dhana, Dhanya, Gaja, Santana, Dhairya, Vijaya and Vidya. Upon observation, we noticed that the structure had a tortoise at the base, carvings of lion, elephants and snakes above and Asta Lakshmi models upon that.
[caption id="attachment_4651" align="alignnone" width="1086"] Asta Lakshmi Tulsi pot[/caption]
A mighty lamp is also installed her, which appears to be touching the sky. This is lighted on special occasions and offerings.
[caption id="attachment_4657" align="alignnone" width="687"] The mighty lamp[/caption]
To the left is the office of the trust, we had to buy tickets for individuals and the camera for moving further.
Confluence of Sapta Nadi
We walked to the right and noticed the sculptures of Sapti Nadi. The seven lady idols showering water depicted as seven sacred rivers of India - Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu and Cauvery, flowing from the mountain.
[caption id="attachment_4658" align="alignnone" width="1034"] Sapta Nadi Sangama[/caption]
These rivers played an important role in Indian mythology and the epic Mahabharatha. They looked beautiful and glorious.
Glimpse of Bhagavad Gita / Gitopadesha
Opposite to this, at a distance, we noticed a chariot laid by horses.
[caption id="attachment_4659" align="alignnone" width="1086"] The first sight of the chariot[/caption]
As we moved closer, we were awestruck by the structure.It portrayed the famous part of Mahabharatha - Bhagavad Gita / Gitopadesha. The chariot of Arjuna laid by four horses and the charioteer as Lord Krishna.
[caption id="attachment_4660" align="alignnone" width="1086"] The Arjuna and Krishna during Gitopadesha[/caption]
Let me remind you the outline, During the Kurukshetra war, When Arjuna hesitates to fight on seeing his gurus, relatives and others closely associated with him, Sri Krishna delivered Gitopadesha and helped him to realise that everything is under the control of Supreme God and he has to discharge his duty in dedication to Him.
[caption id="attachment_4662" align="alignnone" width="724"] Closer look at the sculptures of Krishna and Arjuna[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4663" align="alignnone" width="724"] Giant wheels of the chariot[/caption]
This is one of the impressive parts of Mahabharatha which has influenced many lives. The structure looked amazing with the beautiful chariot, Krishna guiding Arjuna, huge horses and giant wheels. The clouds stopped for me to capture a wonderful time lapse video here.
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The divine Gayathri Devi
Moving further, behind the chariot is a temple of Gayathri Devi - mother of all Vedas. The five faced Gayathri Devi looked sublime, seated a lotus with a divine smile. We can relate to Gayathri mantra, which the mightiest mantra of all Vedas and is believed to be powerful with divine energy. A small idol of Gayathri Devi is also present here, which is made from marble, which looked elegant.
[caption id="attachment_4664" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Gayathri Devi[/caption]
The Supreme Vishwaroopa Darshan
The best part of the day was waiting for us. We climbed the stairs further, to witness the gigantic Vishwaroopa of Lord Vishnu (Vishvarupa, Viratarupa).
[caption id="attachment_4667" align="alignnone" width="1086"] Magnificient Vishwaroopa Darshan[/caption]
We were stunned by the magnificent structure 100+ feet in height. Vishwaroopa is considered as the superior form of Vishnu, all creatures of the universe are a part of him and the real god is consolidated within different gods and God is one.
[caption id="attachment_4666" align="alignnone" width="1086"] Closer look : Splendid !![/caption]
The formation consisted of fifteen faces, including Krishna, Shiva and much more and innumerable arms. We circumambulated and gazed at the structure from all angles. Splendid !!
[caption id="attachment_4669" align="alignnone" width="910"] Marble statue of Krishna and Arjuna[/caption]
A small marble structure of Krishna and Arjuna is also present here. The hall is utmost silent and is devoted to meditation. The idols of Sapta Rishis are also found in the hall. Spectacular tower with good ventilation is worth praising.
[caption id="attachment_4668" align="alignnone" width="1086"] Credits to the sculptor : K Kashinath[/caption]
Last but not least, the credits to the sculptor of the amazing structures - K Kashinath, Shimoga Karnataka (Contact: 9480256776). I would appreciate his dedication for presenting this fascinating piece of art to the world.
We felt complete on visiting this place on a weekend. We relaxed sometime in the garden. There is also a play park for kids - Putani Park, with some jolly rides. Many families and friend circle come here for a day picnic and spend quality time.
[caption id="attachment_4670" align="alignnone" width="1086"] Putani park - children play area[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4672" align="alignnone" width="1139"] Small stalls with colourful objects[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4671" align="alignnone" width="1086"] Meditation center[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4675" align="alignnone" width="1036"] Kehavadas Book centre[/caption]
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Happy weekending :)
- Vishwa Shanti ashram is in Arasinakunte, 26km from central Bangalore. It's on the NH4 right along the main highway.
- The place is accessible by all means of transport. I would suggest taking a bus (towards Nelamangala 258 Bus number) or own vehicle.
- The visiting hours on weekdays: 6:30 am to 12:30 pm and 4 pm to 7:30 pm. On weekends it is open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.
- The entrance charges are around Rs.20 collected near Vittala statue.
- The photography is charged Rs.20 and videography are charged Rs.40.
- The drinking water and toilet facilities are available
- The parking lot and footwear sections are also available and charged minimally.
Please do not litter and help to keep the place clean.
Other posts on exploring Bangalore on weekends:
Shrungagiri Shanmuka temple
Pyramid Valley and Art of living
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace