Aivarkandapura & Bheemana Hejje: Stories from the MahabharataOverview: We have several unexplored places within Bangalore limits, thanks to Bangalore Mirror, we get to know some of them. I read about Aivarkandapura in an article in Bangalore Mirror. It is believed that the Pandavas had spent time here during their exile. The two main temples here are Dharmeshwara and Gopalakrishna, apart from these there are several other small temples within the Dharmeshwara temple complex.
Bheemana Hejje or Bheemeshwara: This is the most striking thing I saw in the newspaper that prompted me to visit this place. There is a Bheemeshwara temple where Bheema himself consecrated a Shiva Linga. And the most amazing part is the giant footprint which the locals showed us is of Bheema himself. Also there are small holes in the rocks which indicate that Pandavas once used to play dice here.
How to reach: By Car: For Aivarkandapura, travel towards Hesaraghatta, turn right near the arch and before the Horticultural farm turn right towards Shivakote to reach Aivarkandapura. To reach Makali, take the NH4 towards Nelamangala, take the service road and once you see a board for Makali, take the next U-turn and turn left towards Alur. From Alur, turn right towards the mud road to reach Bheemana Hejje.
Maps: Though this place doesn’s show on the map, its around the area indicated below
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