Know your neighbourhood - 24: Majestic Area

Overview: The Majestic area in Bangalore is probably the most popular of all areas in the city. Mainly because of the City Railway station, Bus stand, several cinemas. The areas of Subhashnagar, Gandhinagar, KG Road, Anand Rao Circle together can be clubbed to be called as Majestic. The area takes its name from the erstwhile Majestic theatre near Upparpet Police station where the old BTS buses used to stop. The buses no longer stop at that location but the main bus stand has taken its name.

Majestic Bus Station

Budget shopping near Majestic

Murals on the way to Majestic bus station

The city Railway station at the western end was a part of Mysore State railways which was later connected with the Bangalore Cantonment station. The City Bus stand was built on Dharmabhudhi Lake bed and later was Subhashnagar grounds. There is also a small lung space opposite the KSRTC bus stand called Chikkalalbagh which has now shrunk in size due to the construction of Bangalore metro. KG Road/Dhanavantri Road on the other side of Majestic, was once popular for having maximum number of cinemas in a given space. Very few of them still remain like Sangam & Santosh. National Market and Burma Bazaar in Gandhinagar is known for cheap electronic gadgets. Other than this, Majestic is known for budget shopping for clothes, books and imitation jewelery. 

Bangalore City Railway Station

KG Road, near Majestic

Gandhinagar is also known for the Mahabodhi temple, which was established in 1956 by the Mahabodhi society in Bangalore. Adorned with colourful paintings, this temple is like a combination of museum and meditation hall. Sapna Book House, set up on a sprawling 40000 sqft area in Gandhinagar is still one of the biggest book stores in the city. Started by a porter who worked at Mumbai CST railway station, moved to Bangalore after marriage and worked as a peon, store manager and set up a small book shop in Gandhinagar which has scaled dizzy heights over the years. 

Mahabodhi Society, Gandhinagar
Janatha Bazaar, KG Road

Yelahanka Gate Anjaneyaswamy temple

Sri Lakshmi Hayagreeva temple: Nested in a small corner opposite the Majestic bus stand is this temple dedicated to Lakshmi Hayagreeva built by Sri Abinava Bramhatantra Swatantra Parakala Swamy of Prakala Mutt.

Lakshmi Hayagreeva temple, Majestic

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