Sri Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy (Lord Venkateshwara) :
Presiding deity is Sri Venkataramana (Balaji).
Kote Lord Venkataramana Swamy Temple is one of the oldest temples and most important places of attraction in Bangalore. Kote Venkataramana Temple is located on KR Road, near city Market. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. The Kote Venkataramana Temple was constructed in the 16th century (1689 A.D.) by then Mysore ruler, Sri Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar. The rulers of Mysore had acquired this city of Bangalore from then the Mughal Empire. Kote in Kannada means fort, so literally it means Fort Lord Venkataramana Temple.
The late 17th century Venkataramana temple was located near the old fort adjacent to what was once the residence of Mysore Wodeyar royal family, and later became the palace of Tipu Sultan, later ruler of the Mysore Kingdom. The temple consists of sanctum which is connected to central hall by long vestibule. The temple is renowned for its beautiful stone carvings.
The temple is built in the Dravidian style of architecture. The temple’s stone walls around the sanctum and the Sanctum Santorum represents the Girija Kalyana featuring various idols including of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Maheshwara, saptha matrukes, saptha rishis and Ashta dikpalakas. The temple also features four huge pillars with amazing carvings of Navaranga sculptures.
During British regime, British soldiers used to perform the parade in the ground which was opposite to this temple. An interesting fact about this temple in year 1791 during Mysore war, aimed bullets for then the Tipu Sultan by British army under the instructions of Lord Cornwallis hit the temples Garuda Gamba (Pillar) which saved the kings life. The very fact made King Tipu Sultan and King Hyder Ali having enormous faith & respect towards this temple allowing harmony between Hindu and Muslim culture.
Sri Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar performed puja in this temple on 15-10-1811 before conducting special durbar in Tipu Sultan Summer Palace. Being one of the oldest temple in the city with historical significance, Kote Venkataramana Swamy Temple is one of the main tourist and Religious attraction of Bangalore.
Kote Sri Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy Temple,
39, KR Road, Kalasipalya,
Pincode : 560002"
To visit this temple reach City Market and then enquire the route to reach this Temple . Walking Distance from City Market.BMTC buses are available to City Market from most places of Bangalore city and rural. Kote Venkataramana Temple is located next Tipu Sultan's Summer palace.
By Road :
Is around 3-4 kms from majestic Only 10-15 min of journey from Majestic via city market.
By Rail :
Nearest is Bangalore City Railway Station which is 3Kms.
By Air :
Nearest is Kempegowda International Airport.