Sri Rajarajeshwari Temple is located in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore South, Karnataka. Kenchenhalli Rajarajeshwari Temple is one of the oldest and most famous and most important places of worship in Kenchenhalli, Bangalore City. The temple was built in 1960 by Sri Tiruchi Swamigal. The seer chose this place to build his ashram as it was believed that sage Athreya and his wife Anusuya lived there. Later, Tiruchi Swamigal built a beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Raja Rajeshwari.
The temple houses a 6-foot divine stone image of Mother Sri Jnanakshi Rajarajeshwari. The mother sits on a throne with her right leg folded and placed on the seat, while her left leg is bent at the knee and stretched below to rest on a full Lotus Flower.
Goddess Rajarajeshwari will be Dressed (alankara) in various things during the Navaratri festival. The famous alankara of is Tarakari Alankara (Vegetables are used to decorate the Temple premises and Goddess also.
Brahmarathotsava and the Navratri festival are highly notable here. Rathotsavas is celebrated annually. Nine days of Navarathri is highly renowned.
Pradosha Puja, Saiva festivals, Sri Chakra Puja or Homam Navaratri Brahmotsavam is performed.
Kenchenhalli Rajarajeshwari Temple Timings
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
Morning: 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening: 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
Morning: 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Note: Please contact the temple for exact temple timings during festival days and Holidays.
Story Behind Raja Rajeshwari Temple:
Sri Kailash Ashrama Mahasamsthana in Kenchenahalli (now called Sri Rajarajeshwarinagar) was founded by His Holiness Sri Sivaratnapuri Swamiji (popularly known as Sri Tiruchi Swamigal). His Guru was Sri Sivapuri Baba who lived in Kathmandu. The Guru, after initiating him, asked him to go south, where, he said there was much good work to be done. Before coming down South, Tiruchi Mahaswamiji went to Mount Kailas. There, during intense meditation, he had a vision of the triple divinities of Sri Durga, Sri Lakshmi, Sri Saraswathi and a bodiless voice (Asarira vani) asked him to go to Karnataka. He came down to Bangalore via Bombay.
Early in the morning on 14.1.1960, the auspicious Sankranthi day, Sri Tiruchi Swamiji was proceeding to Mysore by car for a Pada Pooja, along with two of his disciples. Just about six miles South West of Bangalore City, he saw above him in the sky, three garudas (sacred eagles) circling. He saw in them the images of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi who had appeared before him on Mount Kailas. Swamiji got down of the car and saw a footpath leading to a tiny village Kenchenahalli. He proceeded and spotted a tiny cottage amidst a grove of guava trees, the spot the eagles kept on encircling. He decided to have his Ashrama there. The Foundation stone was laid there by Sri Tiruchi Mahaswamigal, on 3rd April 1960.
Later, His Holiness Sri Tiruchi Mahaswamigal built a temple dedicated to Goddess Sri Rajarajeshwari, as there are Puranic legends about the place. Swamiji also built a Sri Chakra temple where MAHA MERU is installed in its all glory.
Rajarajeshwari Temple region geographically lies on the east-west meridian of Karnataka and is also called Kalyananagari. Sri Rajarajeshwari temple is situated in the southwest corner of the region between the ‘Cauvery’ and ‘Vrishabhavati’ rivers called earlier as Kanchanagiri later as Kanchanahalli and also as Champakavana. It is said in the ‘Tantra Chudamani’ that this place forms the ‘karnabhaga’ or ‘ear’ of the numerous Shaktipeethas in Bharat. This Peetha has been called Jaya Peetha and the presiding Bhairava is Abiru Bhairava.
It is said that in the remote past, many devas, rishis, munis and Siddhas including deva rishi Narada and others have propitiated the divine mother Sri Rajarajeshwari at this very place and obtained siddhi. The presiding Deity ‘Sri Rajarajeshwari’ is seated on this Shakti Peetha called Jaya Peetha in the magnificent temple precincts. Sage Athreya and his devout wife Anusuya are believed to have lived here.
Rajarajeshwari Temple Accommodation
If you prefer staying overnight in Rajarajeshwari Nagar to visit the temple, you’ll find a range of accommodation options available, catering to various budgets and preferences. If you are looking for budget or luxurious hotels, you have multiple choices to suit your needs.
How to Reach Rajarajeshwari Temple:
Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport is 48 km from the Temple. Direct buses and Taxis are available round the clock.
Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station, Bangalore is the nearest train station The station is next to Kempegowda Bus Station, providing bus connectivity to Temple. Devotees coming from the south can also alight at Mysore Train station and reach Rajarajeswari Temple by Bus or Taxi.
Kempegowda Bus Station or Majestic Bus Stand is the nearest Major Bus Terminal to the temple and is 8 km from the Temple. There are many AC and non-AC local city buses ply from the main Bus Stations from early morning to late night. Autos and Taxis are available round the clock connecting the nearest Bus Stations & Metro stations.
From this bus station, you can take a metro and get off at Mysore Road station. Devotees coming from Mysore can get off at Kengeri Bus Station or request a stop in front of Gopalan Mall, near Rajarajeshwari Arch. From the arch, the temple is about 1.5 km.
Mysore Road Metro Station is the nearest metro station providing quick connectivity from other parts of the City. Located at 6.5 km from the Temple, there are many local transport options available to reach the Temple from this Metro station.
Sri Rajarajeshwari Temple Address:
Rajarajeshwari Temple Road,
Karnataka – 560098
Telephone: (080) 2860 8398, 2860 0888