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Begur is a village in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is in the state capital Bangalore. It is off Bangalore-Hosur highway. It is said to have been a prominent place during the rule of the Western Ganga Dynasty and later the Chola Kingdom. A tank and a beautiful temple (Nageshvara temple) dating back almost 1100 years are of historical importance. A short distance away is a broken old mud fortress in which is the Kashi Vishweshwara temple. Nageshvara temple has Panchalinga (five Shiva lingas) which makes the temple unique. On the eve of Shivaratri devotees perform pujas and stay awake the whole night. Kartika Somavara is another big occasion in which special pooja's are performed in the temple.In the month of April there is a car festival (Bramha Rathotsava) which visited by many people. The temple complex is under renovation. Nearby is the picturesque Begur lake.
There are 5 major roads that connect Begur to rest of Bangalore.
- The Begur - Jigani road is supposed to be an 80 feet road.
- Begur to Hosur Road via AECS (HAL) layout.
- Begur to Bannerghatta Road via Hulimavu.
- Begur to Bommanahalli via Hongasandra.
- Begur to Electronics City via Bettadasanapura.
Five new layouts surrounding Begur helped to extend the residential area within Begur Village periphery. Classic Paradise Layout, Begur Woods Layout, Deo Heights, Vishwapriya Nagar and Akshaya Nagar are noted for best residential layouts within Begur. DLF New Town and Hiranandani Upscale, SNN Raj Sarenity, Aratt Felicita, Aratt Vivera, Splendid Lakedews are major residential projects launched within vicinity of Begur. More than 50 Apartments are beging constructed within 3 km in/around Begur.
Sri Kukke Subramanya Mutt's Raghavendra temple, Akshaya Nagar Sri Vadiraja temple, St. Marys Syrian Orthodox Church and Chowdeshwari temple are other attractions.
BMTC buses plying between Begur and KR Market/Shivaji Nagar/Kempegowda Bus Stand. Marco Polo AC buses to Shivaji Nagar travel from Vishwapriya Nagara. This suburb which is along the Major Outer Ring Road and proximate to National highway which connects Hosur a border of our neighbour state TamilNadu. Bangalore Airport and railway station are conveniently reachable with the available ORR passing through this Area along with availability of frequent BMTC buses to and fro between Begur and Centre part of the city.
Many Private and Public Primary & High Secondary schools available for education.
Jayasree Multi Specialty hospital is located in Vishwapriya Nagar. it provides 24hours care and well equipped with clinic lab, x-ray, operation theater and hygienic wards. The Begur Government Hospital is located in Begur Main road. There are many clinics around the area such as the Eshwari Dental Clinic and Implant Center which is located on the Begur Main road.
Panchalingeshwara temple is located in the centre of Begur, and has a 1100 years old inscription, which has the oldest existing reference to a place called 'Bengaluru'. Near this temple, there exists a tiny circular fort, about 1.4 km2 in area. The date of construction is unknown (no research done), but the existence of a 1100 old inscription on the gateway of the fort would suggest the same age for the fort.
Mud is used in the construction of the circular fort, with stone used for construction of the gateways. There are also 2 small temples dating to the 17th or 18th century. There are no other buildings within the fort, except for some small mounds, which could reveal buried structures. Surprisingly, the mud walls of the fort are still intact, and is covered with green vegetation. Scaling the walls, one can see the traces of the ancient moat which would have surrounded the fort. Only goats and goatherds venture into the fort nowadays. There is uncertainty on when the land sharks would gobble up this piece of precious history.
Temple at Begur (c.1868), by Henry Dixon, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections
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Temples In Begur
- Sri Nageshwara Temple
- Sri Gangaparameshwari Temple
- Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple