Gali Anjaneya (Hanuman) Temple is one of the oldest and most sacred temples of Bangalore located in Mysore Road Byatarayanapura, the suburb of Bangalore. Saint Sri Vyasaraya of Channapattana, a great philosopher and devotee to Lord Anjaneya has built around 732 temples for 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. It is believed that once the idol of Lord Anjaneya was 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 the name Gali Anjaneya. One can see the tall Rajagopura (entrance tower) at the entrance of the Gali Anjaneya temple and have a darshan of Lord Ganesha and Venugopala Swamy. On passing the entrance one can see and offer prayers to Sri Rama Parivara and Sri Satya Narayana. The presiding deity Sri Gali Anjaneya Swami is seen facing the Sri Rama Parivara.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To be relieved of problems
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.