The Devanga community has built up
a strange tradition of tying to their loom a coconut after prayers with a vow.
They offer it as a measure of redemption invariably to the Lord within one month
of the annual Vinayaka Chaturthi festival, with due prayers, else the loom
strings get eaten by mice - the progeny of his Vahan - the rat. They are
thriving splendidly due to this belief. Queer is the faith, queerer is the
outcome falling from the queerest pot-bellied and elephantfaced benevolent Lord,
popular as Dodda Ganapathy abiding in the Kalyana Nagari of the Bangalore city.
This temple came into existence with due renovation by the far-sighted, broad
minded and high souled Magadi Kempegauda, the founder of this famous garden
city, the prestigious capital of Karnataka. This potent Vinayaka has a large
community of adorers living in the four corners of the world. Those who migrated
to alien countries visit this shrine and worship the Lord with elaborate prayer
services on their visit to the city. Faith brings and prayer lifts. Hence a
steady influx of devotees in all seasons.
lies in Basavanagudi, the posh locality of Bangalore Karnataka, accessible by
taxi, auto or city bus from any part of the city.