The Gali Anjaneya Temple is among the oldest and most sacred temples in Bangalore. Saint Sri Vyasaraya of Channapattana, a great philosopher and devotee to Lord Anjaneya has built around 732 temples for the Lord Anjaneya (Hanuman). It is believed that Sri Vyasaraya established this temple in the year 1425 at the convergence of two rivers - Vrishabhavathi and Paschimavahini (at present only industrial waste is flowing making Vrishabhavathi seem more similar to drain rather than river)
About The Temple
The west facing Gali Anjaneya is smeared with Sinduram (a saffron colored paste) which is considered auspicious by Hindus. The lord here is shantha swaroopi (Calm). The left hand of Gali Anjaneya is resting on the hip and holding the flower. The right hand is in abhya mudra posture offering the quality of nirbhayathvam to all his devotees. Another attraction of this Anjaneya is that he has a mustache and a yathurmuki that is he is facing the devotees directly with both the eyes. At the temple, one can see the tall Rajagopura at the entrance of the Gali Anjaneya temple and have darshan of Lord Ganesha and Venugopala Swamy. Once one passes the entrance, they canoffer prayers to Sri Rama Parivara and Sri Satya Narayana. The main attraction, Sri Gali Anjaneya Swami is seen facing the Sri Rama Parivara
Legend and Stories
It is believed that once the idol of the Lord Anjaneya open to Gali (Gali means Air in Kannada language), hence the name Gali Anjaneya. It is also believed that since Anjaneya (Hanuman) is son of Vayu, the wind God therefore Gali Anjaneya.
The uniqueness of Gali Anjaneya Temple is the Car festival is being held for the last hundred and twenty years.
People visit Gali Anjaneya temple to get the blessings of Gali Anjaneya and to get rid of troubles in their life. Politicians come here to worship Lord Anjaneya before starting the election campaigns. Devotees throng here with great faith to get 'Purna Kripa Drishti' from the Lord.
How to Reach
The nearest major airports are in Mysore and Bangalore. Both cities are well connected by road and rail.
Gali Anjaneya Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Get married to a person of a girl's choice
- Health and longevity of husband
Mano Javam , Maruda Thulya Vegam, Jithendriyam Buddhi Matham Varishtam, Vatha Atmajam Vanara Yudha Mukhyam, Sree Rama Dootham Sirasa Namami
Meaning -I bow my head to salute Rama's messenger, who has won over His mind, who is as fast as the wind, who has mastered his organs, who is the most knowledgeable, who is the wind God's son, and who leads as the chief in the army of monkeys.
Anjaneya Madhi Paatalaananam, Kanjanaadri Kamaneeya Vigraham, Paarijatha Tharu Moola Vaasinam, Bhaavayami Bhava mana Nandanam
Meaning -I bow before the wind God's darling son, Anjana's son, the great killer of ogres, who is handsome and like a golden mountain, who lives near Parijatha tree's roots.
Divya Mangala Dehaaya Peethambara Dharayacha Thaptha Kanchana Varnaaya Mangalam Shri Hanumathey
Meaning -Oh Lord Hanuman who has a mystical form, who adorns a silk garment in yellow and who looks similar to molten gold, let thy be auspiciousness.
Anjana Nandanam Veeram Janaki Soka Naasanam, Kapeesa Maksha Hantharam, Vandhe Lanka Bhayankaram
Meaning -We salute Lanka's horror, Anjana's brave son, who ended Sita's sorrows, the ruler of monkeys and the one who killed Aksha, Ravana's son.
The temple is open from 7.30 am to 8.30 pm