Vijayanagar: Interesting places to explore

Posted by Staffreporter  |  13. October 2010

KHSRC provides training in Indian classical arts such as dance and drama Photographs: GoogleKHSRC provides training in Indian classical arts such as dance and drama Photographs: Google

Vijayanagar is a residential locality. It derives its name from the Vijayanagara Empire that flourished in south India during 15th and 16th centuries. It is bound by Mysore Road and Magadi Road, with Chord Road cutting through. People started dwelling in this locality from late 1970s. It has a sizable middle class population. Maruti Mandir, Shani Mahatma temple, Kodandaramaswamy temple, Shiva Ganapati temple, Adichunchunagiri temple are some of the prominent temples in this area. It also has Siddaganga & Adichunchanagiri Hostels.  

Vijayanagar East is popularly known as RPC Layout (Railway Parallel Colony Layout), since this layout is along the railway track. It has been recently renamed as Hampi Nagar. Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. Vijayanagar also houses a large Public Library, which is one of the largest in Karnataka. Chandra Layout is one of the fastest growing localities of Vijayanagar, which houses some of the prominent people of Bangalore. Here’s a list of places you can explore in Vijayanagar.

Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre (KHSRC)
Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre is the culmination of the efforts of a group of dedicated individuals drawn from various walks of life for more than four decades. In the educational programmes of KHSRC, Fine Arts occupy a very important place. The School provides training in Indian classical arts such as dance, drama painting and music. A special feature of the school is its emphasis on folk arts, especially the form of 'Katha-Kathan' or the 'Keertan' system.

The school also conducts short-term Certificate/Diploma Courses in various branches of Fine Arts apart from imparting regular training on a long-term basis. Hindustani, Karnatak, Devotional and Light Vocal Harmonium, Casio and Guitar are also taught. Painting and related art programmes are conducted. Yoga and Karate are also taught for physical fitness. Every year during the Summer and Dasara vacations, occasional training programmes in various forms are conducted exclusively for school children. Theatre has always been a strong point of the school. Employing the Structural Method several facets of theatre are explored. 

Vijayanagara club was established in 1983 Vijayanagara club was established in 1983

Vijayanagar Club
Vijayanagara Club, the brain child of fifteen Samaritans referred to as FOUNDER MEMBERS with reverence, conceived the vision of creating an infrastructure to promote sports, culture and recreational facilities for the residents of in and around Vijayanagara, Bangalore. The sustained efforts and contributions made by those founder members made it possible to accomplish, the position of almost a state of art club in Bangalore city.

The club has membership of people from different walks of life, whose contribution is no less to make this one of the prestigious clubs in Bangalore. The club was started in a rented premises and the founders got the present premise allotted and started building the facilities one by one attaining the present status. The club has affiliations with quite a few clubs in the state with high degree of reciprocity. Vijayanagara club was established in 1983 and is one of the fastest developed club in the city of Bangalore. The club has membership in different categories with almost all the facilities to pursue the objectives enumerated in it's memorandum of association

Vidi Bharathi Library has well over 10,000 books stored in its rusty racksVidi Bharathi Library has well over 10,000 books stored in its rusty racks

Vidi Bharathi Library  
An unpretentious gold mine of the written word, the Vidi Bharathi Library is a rare example of a modest library holding a wealth of books. Started in March 1962, it has well over 10,000 books stored in its rusty racks. The collection includes about books, periodicals and other reading materials. There are separate sections for references, text books, children's books and periodicals. The ground floor consists of a room for children, periodicals, newspapers and language books. It also has an Internet browsing center which charges only Rs. 10 per hour.

The minimally utilized first floor holds the lecture hall, and the preservation, reference and text book rooms. A wide variety of reading material is provided here: you have over 123 monthly periodicals to choose from and 29 weekly magazines to read through. The languages are both national (Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, Kannada and Sanskrit etc.) and international (German, French, Spanish etc.). Several ancient books reflect the respect that readers have had for this library, since many books have been donated by learned scholars.

Maruti Mandir is a temple of Lord HanumanMaruti Mandir is a temple of Lord Hanuman

Maruti Mandir

Hanuman temples are believed to keep the area and surroundings free of rakshasas and 'evils'. This was a presentational 'Varam' to him by Rama and Sita. Hanuman idols are found on mountain roads because it is believed that he protects people from accidents. Maruti Mandir is a temple of Lord Hanuman; the temple is a pious place and is famous for its panchloha Hanuman idol.  

This idol is decorated fully with butter and Sandalwood paste. This is done by the devotees for fulfillment of their wishes. Further, garland prepared out of Vada is one of the offerings to the deity. The Hanuman temple inside the Shiva temple is considered as very auspicious by devotees. Hanuman idol consecrated here is made of Panchaloha and is depicting him telling the story of Ramayana to Sita in the Asoka Vana. 

Vijayanagara Bimba has been conducting theatre workshops for children from past 13 yearsVijayanagara Bimba has been conducting theatre workshops from past 13 years

Vijayanagar Bimba
It is school of theatre for children, they conduct short term and long term courses for children of age group 3 15 years. Their fun filled summer camp introduces the children to various nuances of theatre like acting, dance, music, mime, drawing, and craft. Apart from the classes, special programmes for children like children’s poet meet, mock court, group discussions, and performances by children are organized. Vijayanagara Bimba has been conducting theatre workshops and saturday school for children from past 13 years. Motto of the organization is Personality development through art. They have trained around 2000 children. 

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