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These centuries-old temples rub shoulders with used books and honking automobiles

Nagesh Ramamurthy

Mint(Wall Street Journal India) – April 19, 2014

travel2--621x414Gods, demons and autorickshaw horns

Last month, I saw some of Bangalore’s oldest temples on a walking tour. We started with the Yelahanka Gate Anjaneya Temple, built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, next to the swarming Kempe Gowda Road.

We then walked towards Avenue Road, known for its roadside, second-hand book stalls. There, tucked into a lane were the shadows of the gopuras (entrance gateway) at the Ranganathaswamy Temple. Inside the temple, images of asuras (demons) glared at me—but the benign eyes of the reclining Vishnu put me at ease.


Nagesh Ramamurthy is a former Indian Air Force officer now working in the

IT industry in Bangalore. He loves to find unusual places to explore and takes part in daily competitions on Instagram

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