Places to Visit: The Ranganathaswamy Temple @ Magadi
Magadi is about 50 kms from Bangalore and makes for a nice weekend drive. There are quite a few sights on the way, including the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir, an old fort in the town and also the Ranganathswamy temple just outside the town.
T.G. Halli supplies drinking water to 20 per cent of the city and entry from the main gate is restricted. But the backwaters can be approached from outside Magadi Town. You might need to be a resourceful to find the entrance, but it’s worth it!
The Ranganathaswamy temple @ Magadi
On the way to Magadi, in a field beside the road you will see four inscripted pillars, now left untended and open to the ravages of nature. They’re in need of some care but I don’t think much is being done. There are also the Kalya caves in the outskirts.
One of the friendly priests in the temple
“Spread the word about the temple,” said one of the priests. He said that not many people know about the temple and they would like more people to visit. He did a special pooja and showed us a statue of Vishnu, which he says has been growing a little every year and coming out from the stone. Even if you don’t believe it, just the sheer convictions of their beliefs makes you want to believe in miracles!
Another view of the temple
Getting there: You can get to Magadi via Magadi Road. The drive should take you about an hour and a half.
A view of the TG Halli Reservoir