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Aivarkandapura & Bheemana Hejje: Stories from the Mahabharata

Aivarkandapura & Bheemana Hejje: Stories from the Mahabharata

Overview: 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.
Aivarkandapura Aivarkandapura Aivarkandapura  Aivarkandapura Aivarkandapura Aivarkandapura
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.
Bheemeshwara Bheemeshwara Bheemeshwara   Bheemana Hejje Place where Pandavas played dice Bheemana Hejje
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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  1. whoa! wonder whose giant feet that could be!

  2. The footprint is quite something !

  3. Thanks for sharing. How far it is? How long does it take to reach there. The pictures are amazing..I liked the one with the BIG footprint, he comparison was very apt!

  4. Amazing! The photographs provide for a great virtual tour! Thank you very much for sharing...

  5. It should not take more than 1 hour from City Railway station. And its not very difficult to locate. After the NICE road junction on Tumkur road, watch out for the board indicating "Makali", then proceed further and take the next U-turn below the flyover, on that road, watch out for a board "Alur", then turn left and proceed for a few meters and a mud road towards the right leads you to Bheemeshwara.

  6. Wanted to visit this place after reading BM , but still its a plan , hopefully shall visit . Thanks for sharing your experience about this place .

  7. thanks for sharing ...simply wow


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