the many places of worship that emerged into lime light of public gaze and
raised the spiritual eminence of Bangalore, the garden city of Karnataka, Sri
Kumaraswamy Shaila located in the
Hanumantha nagar deserves special mention and instant visitation.
Here the much hallowed universal father Mrityunjayeswar is adored along with his
two immensely popular sons - Ganapathi and Subrahmanya enshrined in two
imposing, independent shrines, in addition to Mother Ganga and Gayatri. Despite
the entire family is accommodated and worshipped here, Lord Subrahmanya is
enjoying lion's share as evidenced by luring lakhs of devotees on the auspicious
Adi Krithika day every year. It is estimated that more than two lakhs of Muruga
bhaktas offer Kavadis on this holy day and make another Palani, the highly
reputed Dandayudhapani temple of Tamil Nadu, the unique pilgrim centre of
inter-continental fame. And so it is reverentially called Pon - Palani. Its
sudden ingress and growth read like a phatansy and drives home the truth that
God's will is inscrutable and it makes mole hills into mountains in a trice at
the opportune moment.
to the story current - one pious Subrahmanyopasaka called Vidhyanidhi
Shivasankara Sasthri, a renowned Panchangakartha of Sringeri Mutt happened to
stay one night by accident in this place then surrounded by ant-hills and thick
bushes: Fortunately for the benefit of the devotional community, as it were, he
realised through a dream that Lord Siva has been abiding in this place and would
soon flourish into a great kshetra, if a temple is built. To realise his
dream, he started the work with the installation of Ganapathy icon in the unique
form of riding a Don at the foot of the hill. Later, several idols like, Ganga.