The southern part of Bharat is unique in its cultural
The state of Karnataka leads the south in many spiritual and cultural aspects. Among the leading temples and
Ashrams in Karnataka, the Sri Rajarajeshwari temple and Sri
Kailash Ashrama Mahasamsthana that are situated in
Rajarajeshwari Nagar in Bangalore, the capital city of
Karnataka, adorn the city as well as the state.
The name of Bangalore has been derived from the
word 'Bendakaaluru' which literally means boiled gram. The
puranik background to this name is attributed to the Rishi
Atri and his consort Anasuya who had their Ashram at this
place where the Sri Rajarajeshwari temple is situated today.
It is stated that the consorts of the trinity Brahma,
Vishnu and Maheshwara i: e, Saraswathi, Lakshmi and
Parvati were jealous of any devout wife (pathivratha) in the
Bhooloka. In order to establish the Paathivrathya of
'Anasuya' the wife of Sri Atri rishi, a leela was enacted by
the divine sage Narada.
He materialized some grams (kaalu) made of iron and
brought them to the wives of the trinity requesting them to
have the grams boiled for him. All the three failed, stating
that nobody could do it. Sage Narada belittled them by stating that they were unable to do what an ordinary mortal
woman Anasuya could do. Later, he approached Anasuya
with the same request. The latter carried out the errand
without delay by the power of her paathivrathya or devotion
to her husband. Hence, the place where the grams were
boiled were called as "Bendakaaluru' which later became
Bangalore or Bangalore.
This region geographically lies on the east west meridian of Karnataka and is also called as Kalyananagari. Sri
Rajarajeshwari temple is situated in the south-west corner of
the region between Cauvery and Vrishabhavati river called
earlier as Kanchanagiri later as Kanchanahalli and also as
Champakvana. It is said in the Tantra Chudamani that this
place forms the kama bhaga or ear of the numerous shakti
peethas in Bharat.The Peetha has been called as Jaya
Peetha and presiding Bhairava is Abiru Bhairava.
It is at this place that His Holiness Sri Tiruchi
Mahaswamigal established SRI KAILASH ASHRAMA
MAHASAMSTHANA and SRI RAJARAJESHWARI
The presiding Deity Sri Rajarajeshwari is seated on this
Shakti Peetha called as Jaya Peetha in the magnificent
It is said that in the remote past many devas, rishis,
munis, siddhas including deva rishi Narada and others have
propitiated the divine mother Sri Rajarajeshwari at this very
place and obtained siddhi.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
Brahma Sutras (77)
Yoga Vasistha (81)
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