A pantheon in honour of a most fascinating Hindu god

The Shiva Temple on Old Airport Road in Bangalore has probably the largest idol of Lord Shiva in this part of the world (South India). It is 65-foot tall. Against a background of hills carved in cement, Shiva is seated in the lotus position, as the River Ganga flows by quietly before him.

Devotees float diyas in the pond (which represents the Ganges); so doing is said to help us get rid of our sins.

Jethanand Melwani’s marble plaque. The Melwanis run several charities and although I sensed a commercial element during the visit, you don’t have to pay anything to enter and soak in the experience, except paying Rs 2 for safe custody of your footwear, and Rs 25 for a camera.

Shops selling artifacts, on the way to the temple.


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