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Ragiguddada Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple

Ragi Guddada Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple is located in the heart of the city, Jayanagar 9th Block.  The history behind the name of the temple is as fantasizing as hanuman Leelas.  It is believed that a big heap of ragi (a food grain) turned out to become a stone, hence the name “Ragigudda”.  At the time of incidence the Thrimurthies, lord Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara who visited the place, wished to stay there permanently changing themselves into 3 big stones pillars.  Their presence here stands as a witness to all the developments so far, and for the future developments.

Back in 1969, the temple is the effort of a group of youth to prevent the influence of other religion.  Influence of the situation then and the encouragement of the people around the area gave strength and determination to a group of dedicated youth to bring up a small temple of lord Hanuman at the hilltop and now it is a big temple complex of “ Lord Sri Seetha Rama Swamy, Lord Sri Ganesha, Bhagavathi, Sri Rajarajeshwari and Navagrahas with individual uniqueness.  The temple was built in 1969 and was registered in the year 1972.  The total area of the temple is around 5 acres.  “Sri Hanumanjjayanthi” is celebrated for 12 days.  Special poojas, abhishekasm, homas are the distinct feature of these 12 days, mahaprasam is served to all the devotees on all the 12 days and nearly 35000 devotees on the last day.
The very attraction of the temple:

Let us start from the entrance of the temple:

1.  Slipper Stand:  The system maintained here for the maintenance of this division was first of its kind.  The slippers are kept in separate bags and full care will be taken of the same without any expectation.
2.  Water fountain (hanuman dhara):  The temple has got a natural ambiance.  It has huge rocks, big and old trees.  In between these a water fountain is created which gives an additional rank to the beauty of the temple, especially in the evening lightings it’s a refreshing treat to the eyes.
3.  Parna kuteera:  This is a place which resemble hermitage.  Yagya, homas and special pooja are conducted here.  There is a small artificially created water fall which completes the beauty of this kuteera.
4.  Thrimurthy sannidhi:  Beautifully carved out thrimurthies on 32 ft. tall monolithic blocks is probably a unique one, to be seen in Ragigudda only.  It is rare to see such Thrimurthies together on a single platform that too of 32ft. tall.   Blessed are the visitors to Ragigudda to have such a rare darshan of thrimurthies.
5.  Auditorium:  Well planned, neatly maintained for the purpose of various cultural activities and special poojas.
6.  Pushkarni:  A pond which provides water for complete temple requirements.
7.  Goshale:  There are more than 30 cows.  The milk of these cows is used for abhisheka and the remaining is served to the nursery kids of the school.
8.  Prasada division: Both morning and evening prasad is served to all the devotees and on every saturday devotees are served with lunch.  Well maintained with respect to cleanliness and taste.
9.  Open auditorium:  This is an open place where normally Hanumanjjayanthi is conducted.  It can accommodate a large number of devotees.  The poojas or homas of large scale are conducted here.

Equally significant are their charitable activities:

1. Education:  A school up to S.S.L.C with nearly 1300 students, both English and kannada medium.  All students are served with mid-day meal.
2. Free coaching for P.U.C and Engineering students.
3. Sanjeevini Arogya Tapasana Kendra:  A medical centre with pathological lab, free medical consultation, E.C.G , ultrasound scanning and eye testing facilities etc.,
4. Lift facility has been provided for the needy to have darshan of the lord.
5. Book bank:  A well organized library with a very good collection of books is open for public.
6. Yoga classes:  Free yoga classes are conducted in association with Vivekananda Yoga Kendra.  The classes are conducted both in the morning and evenings.
7. Language classes:  Here the classes are conducted for those who don’t know Kannada.  It’s unique in its way.  In a way it is a contribution to the language.  Along with Kannada, Sanskrit is also thought.
8. Music classes:  More than 100 students come here to learn music.  Students of the school have done very well in the filed.  They are proud to be the students of this school.
9.   Conventional Hall:  In this costly world, needy people are provided with this facility with a very nominal charge.  Even that nominal charge is collected against the maintenance and the same is used for the maintenance of the temple.

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