Maruthi Mandir is a temple dedicated to the Hindu deity, Hanuman. Located very near the famous ISKCON Temple, Maruthi Mandir is found on a rocky hill within the Mahalakshmi Layout gate in Vijayanagar. Nearby are gigantic images of Hanuman and other Mahalakshmi temples, which include the Kodandaramaswamy, Shani Mahatma, Shiva Ganapati, and Adichunchunagiri temples, among others.
The many historic and important temples in Bangalore make this bustling city a major pilgrimage destination in all of India. Local and foreign devotees regularly visit Bangalore temples to pray, worship, pay homage and participate in several temple festivals. Religious events and festivals in Bangalore, as well as the rest of the country, are characterized by much feasting, merrymaking and colorful parades. The annual festival observed in Maruthi Mandir is the Hanuman Jayanti, which takes place in late November or early December.
The Hanuman Jayanti festival honors the birth of Shri Hanuman, the god of power, strength and knowledge. He is also known as the incarnation of Lord Shiva, the god of destruction and the third god of the Hindu trinity. The temple is made very attractive and colorful during the celebrations. The highlight of the festival is the “kirtan” or devotional discourses that are held in the temple before sunrise. It ends at sunrise symbolizing Hanuman’s actual time of birth. Devotees then perform rituals to worship the Hanuman image and distribute “sunthwada” candies that are made from dry ginger as part of a holy sacrament.
The festivities happen in Vijayanagar, which is located to the west of Bangalore in the state of Karnataka. Bound by the famous Mysore and Magadi Roads, the area was named after the rich Vijayanagara Empire that ruled South India in the 15th and 16th centuries. Vijayanagar is not difficult to find since it is very near important schools such as the PES Institute of Technology, RV Engineering College, BMS College of Engineering, National Law School of India University, and Bangalore University. A few prominent people in Bangalore reside in Chandra Layout in Vijayanagar. People began moving and settling here only since the late 1970s, and now the place is gaining prominence and economic significance.
In addition to the Hanuman temple, Vijayanagar is also home to a number of important landmarks, which include the following. The Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre (KHSR), which is housed in the Vijaya Ranga building, provides training for people who wish to know about fine arts and performance arts. As a structural school for arts, KHSR teaches dramatics, painting, western dance, violin, guitar, karate, and yoga, among other disciplines. Found in the same building is the Institute for Educational Research and Development that makes use of alternative methods of research. Also found in Vijayanagar is one of the largest public libraries in the state of Karnataka, South India.
Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka, which why Maruthi Mandir is often associated with this city, although it is located at the outskirts. Other temples in Bangalore are the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple, which is also a cultural complex and educational center for Vedic philosophy; the Bull Temple, which was established by Kempe Gowda, who was also the founder of Bangalore; Banashankari Temple, which was named after the goddess and found on Kanakapura Road; Dodda Ganesha Temple that is widely popular for the immense statue of Lord Ganesha at Basavanagudi; Shiva Temple on Airport Road, which is frequently visited for its huge Shiva image in lotus position; Gavi Gangadareshwara Temple, one of the oldest in the city and is widely known for its interesting architecture; and the peaceful Prasanna Veeranjaneya Temple. These are just a few of the many religious structures in the city, including a couple of Catholic Cathedrals and huge Muslim mosques.