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Interesting places to explore around Malleswaram

Malleswaram is one of those areas in Bangalore which has still not lost its authentic South Indian touch. It can be called one of the prominent cultural hubs in Bangalore as there are many prominent dancers, musicians and gurus here.

Malleswaram located in the north-west
of Bangalore, derives its name from the famous Kaadu Malleswara temple. Originally a village named Mallapura, Malleswaram was developed as a suburb during the great plague of 1898, which caused many people to move out from the city center. Malleswaram, together with Basavangudi, represents one of the oldest residential localities of Bangalore, and was planned by the then Dewan of Mysore Kingdom, Sir Sheshadri Aiyar. Malleswaram is one of the areas in Bangalore where you can find many Hindu Temples. Also, Malleswaram is a hotspot of educational activities with many schools and colleges spread all across the area. Malleswaram is also adjacent to one of the oldest localities  

Due to a large presence of temples, many of which were well established for more than 400 years, Malleswaram is home to a large orthodox Hindu population. It is generally regarded as a safe and congenial ward to live for senior citizens, in view of the fact that most hospitals are at a walking distance and good security. In addition, senior citizens are well served by the cultural / religious activities in this area. Here are some of the places you can explore around Malleswaram.

Nandeshwara Temple

Malleswaram boasts of many temples, but none is so shrouded in controversy and mystery as this one is. The ancient Nandeeshwara temple at Malleswaram 17th cross was discovered only three years ago, but it has stood for 7,000 years on that spot. Being buried over the years hasn't diminished its aura at all. It still draws huge crowds all day.

This underground temple was enclosed within a stone cut courtyard supported by ancient stone pillars. At the far end of the courtyard, a Nandi is carved out of a black stone with eyes painted in gold.  From its mouth a clear stream of water flows directly on to a Shivalinga made out of the same black stone at a lower level. There are steps that led to a small pool in the centre of the courtyard where the water flows and gets collected.

Nobody knows where the water comes from and how it passes from the mouth of the Nandi idol on to the shivalinga. Nobody knows how the whirlpool came into being. The source of water, the sculptor, even the time when it was built remains a mystery. On Shivaratri day, overwhelming crowds gather at this temple. Some perform the `milk puja'. Others just come to marvel at a temple no one has any explanation for. 

Chowdiah Memorial Hall
The Chowdiah Memorial Hall, named after the violin maestro Tirumakudalu Chowdiah, is one of the most prominent landmarks of Malleswaram. The stage has embraced and given a creative space to classical Indian musicians, nurtured young Bharatanatya dancers, heard the heartbeat of African drums, lent ear to experimental and fusion music, witnessed two generations of musicians from the same gharana share stage, and also seen the revival of jazz in the country.

Designed in the shape of a violin, the venue is a hub of arts and culture, playing host to a wide array of events - ranging from classical music concerts, to theatre and drama, to prestigious quiz competitions. This 1,011-seater hall has fantabulous acoustics, recently upgraded with digital crossovers, graphic equalizers, modern mixing consoles and echo units. Around Rs. four lakh is spent every month on the hall's maintenance; at least Rs. one lakh on just paint every month! As the audiences at the hall grow, the Academy has now acquired additional land to accommodate 500 cars right behind the hall.

The name means a village home and that's what it looks like. Mangalore tiled roofs and terracotta floors contribute to its rustic charm. Hallimane has been a landmark in the culinary map of Bangalore for well over 5 years. Located in a vintage part of Bangalore, the restaurant features a village ambience with its tiled roofs, natural brick walls, high ceilings and an abundance of plants; Hallimane is a destination for most Bangaloreans who prefer to savor the best of rural cuisine in a rural setting. The restaurant serves fresh, hygienic and delicious rural food, complemented by exemplary service.

Those who are the adventurous kind could opt for anything among the 17 different kinds of dosas offered there – made out of cucumber, onion, tomato, coriander, palak, and fenugreek etc. They are incredibly tasty and after all, variety is the spice of life. And considering that Sanjeeva Rao, the owner is also the one responsible for the Dosa Camp in Jayanagar, you can very safely go on and order those attractive dosas without any second thoughts.

Mantri Square

Mantri Square is a shopping mall situated in Malleswaram, with a gross built-up area of 20square feet; it is the largest mall in Banaglore. The mall opened on March 1, 2010. It is planned to eventually have over 250 outlets, a six-screen multiplex operated by Inox Cinemas, a bowling alley by Amoeba and a parking area sufficient for 2000 cars. The first Taco Bell outlet in India is located in this mall. It is South Asia's biggest mall. The Malleshwaram Namma Metro station is an extension on the mall.  

The Mall is designed by internationally renowned Bentel Associates of South Africa. Mantri Square Mall has many unique features. It is the only mall in Bangalore to have 5 departmental stores under one roof and 39 F&B Outlets - Highest in South India. It also has Spar Hypermarket spread over 90,000 Sq Ft and a family entertainment and gaming center spread over 23,000 Sq Ft to be operated by Amoeba.

8th Cross Malleswaram

Malleswaram 8th Cross, a busy street bustling with activity through out the day, is undoubtedly a shopper’s paradise. Located amidst the oldest residential localities of Bangalore, Malleswaram, 8th Cross is a landmark in the true sense. This street also cuts through the busy Sampige Main Road, which is another busy shopping avenue.   

Dotted with shops on either sides of the entire stretch, 8th Cross offers everything under one roof. From garments to footwear, jewellery to gift items, bags to cosmetics you name it you get them here. This busy street also has good eateries and snack bars. The place is surrounded by temples and a vegetable market as well. While Malleswaram 8th Cross has something or the other to offer to people of all ages, it is a favourite shopping destination among youngsters and college goers especially during evenings. From known brands to local makes, clothes with latest designs are first to hit the stores here.

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Bhaskar Manogaran Oct 30th, 2010 06:27 PM

Actually I am from very famous area in Bangalore Srirampuram, Even though i belongs to Srirampuram I am proud to say next to Malleshwaram which is very close to Srirampuram. I used to play in Malleshwaram Play ground near 5th Cross. Thanks to Mybangalore team to upload my comment over here.

Swetha Sep 16th, 2010 11:44 AM

Thanks a lot,
for spelling Malleswaram right. seeing the wrong spelling being used nowadays all over creeps under my skin. why am i bothered? try being born brought up and living in this place. and seeing it spelt wrong. i feel lik someone slaps me every time i see the wrong name. lik someone calling an irritating nickname.
and finally thanks again.

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