Back entrance of Kadu Malleshwara Temple

Kadu Malleshwara Temple | Everything You Need to Know (2024)

Are you a religious person? Or do you love visiting heritage sites? Then Kadu Malleshwara Temple in Bengaluru is the perfect place for you. It is a heritage building that dates back to the 17th century. In this post, you will find the history and visitor information about the Kadu Malleshwara Temple.

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About Kadu Malleshwara Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva (Malleshwara or Mallikarjuna), the Kadu Malleshwara Temple is a 17th century temple in Malleshwaram area of Bengaluru (Bangalore). Built by Venkoji, brother of Maratha King Shivaji, this temple is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore.

Also known as Sri Kaadu Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, the architecture style of the temple is Dravidian style. It is a well known treasure of Malleshwaram which becomes very crowded during the Shivratri festival every year. During Shivratri festival, there are pujas and special utsavas performed for one whole week. Recently, the Kadalekai Parishe (Groundnuts fair) is also held at Kadu Malleshwara Temple and the fair starts off with an abhisheka to Malleshwara.

Main Sanctum of Kadu Malleshwara Temple

History and Stories of Kadu Malleshwara Temple

Did you know that Malleshwaram got its name from Kadu Malleshwara Temple? According to legend, Malleshwaram area was once a forest and this linga (Malleshwara) was found in that forest. And because of which the temple gets its name as Kadu (meaning forest in Kannada language) Malleshwara.

Kadu Malleshwara Temple

Visitor Information

  • There are two entrances to the temple. The front entrance is on the temple road, diagonally opposite to the Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha Temple, and the back entrance is on the Sampige Road.
  • The temple is located on a small hill and at the front entrance, the visitors have to climb about 20 steps.
  • The temple is open everyday in the morning between 7 AM and 12 PM, and in the evening between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM.
  • There is no entrance fee.
  • As this is a religious place, ensure to dress appropriately.
  • You need to leave your footwear outside before entering the temple.
  • At the front entrance, you can see lots of serpent idols and stones.
Serpent Idol at the entrance of Kadu Malleshwara Temple
Serpent Idol at the entrance

How to get to Kadu Malleshwara Temple?

By Air

The closest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport, which is around 30 kilometres from the temple. Most of the airline providers, including Indigo, Air India, Qantas, operate from Kempegowda International Airport.

By Road

Situated in the north of Bangalore, the temple is around 6 kilometres from Bangalore General Post Office (GPO). And by road, the journey takes a little over 10 minutes. There are street parking available at the temple.

If you wish to stay closer to the temple, then consider staying in Taj Westend Bangalore on Race Course Road.

By Public Transport

  • Buses – There is a bus stop right in front of the temple on Sampige Road. You can easily get buses from Majestic (main bus stop) and Sampige Road.
  • Metro – The closest metro station is Mantri Mall metro station. And this metro station is around 1.5 kilometre from the temple. You can easily walk or take an auto rickshaw to the temple. Read Transportation in Bangalore for more information on commuting in Bengaluru.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Kadu Malleshwara Temple

Q: Where is Kadu Malleshwara Temple located?

Kadu Malleshwara Temple is located in Malleshwaram area (north) of Bangalore.

Q: What is the history of Kadu Malleshwara Temple?

The temple was built by Venkoji in the 17th century in the Dravidian architectural style.

Q: Which metro station is near to Kadu Malleshwara Temple?

Mantri Metro Station is the closest metro station to Kadu Malleshwara Temple.

Q: What are the timings of Kadu Malleshwara Temple?

The temple is open everyday between 7 AM and 12 PM, and between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM.

Closing Notes

Kadu Malleshwara Temple is surely one of the ancient and beautiful temples to visit when you are visiting Bangalore. The temple is peaceful and serene. I highly recommend adding this temple to your list. Even if you are not religious, Kadu Malelshwara temple is worth visiting to see where Malleshwaram got its name from.

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