Vasantapura (Kannada: ವಸಂತಪುರ) is a small village on the outskirts of Bangalore. It is mainly known for an ancient temple of Vasanta-vallabha-rāya svāmi. A nearby area of the city is known as Vasantha Vallabha Nagar, named after the deity of the temple. Vasantapura is also Ward 197 of BBMP.
The temple is on Kanakapura Road, and its full name is bhūnnīḷā vasantanāyaki samēta vasanta vallabhasvāmi (ಭೂನ್ನೀಳಾ ವಸಂತನಾಯಕಿ ಸಮೇತ ವಸಂತ ವಲ್ಲಭಸ್ವಾಮಿ) temple. Another temple nearby is the Devarakere temple.
The temple has been mentioned as one of places of tourist interest in the city.
- it was established (pratishtha) by the sage Mandavya. Once upon a time, the disciples of Mandavya found him missing from his ashrama. Mandavya settled down in Vasantapura, meditating. It is also believed that if someone unable to go to Tirupati visits the Vasantapura temple, they get an equivalent amount of benefit (punya) from the visit.
- Once, the sage Mandavya, who was in Badarikashrama in the Himalayas, decided to visit the holy places in South India, and set off toward Melkote. After a darshan of Cheluvanarayana, on his return journey, while meditating, Vallabharayaswami appeared to him in a dream, and told him that he was residing in Kalyanapuri (now Vasantapura) in Bangalore. Mandavya accordingly went to Kalyanapura, and found an enchanting murti (statue/idol) of Vallabha. Having established it according to rites (pratishtha), he began to worship it everyday, living and performing tapas in a cave in Guptagiri nearby. While he was living there, Srinivasa Kalyana took place on earth. Hearing of it only after it had occurred, Mandavya was very dejected at having missed seeing it with his own eyes. God, understanding his depth of feeling, appeared to Mandavya along with his wifes Bhudevi, NeeLadevi, and Vasantanayaki. Having come there, delighted by the beauty of the place, the gods bathed in five lakes nearby, which as a result became holy and came to be known as Shankhatirtha, Chakratirtha, Plavatirtha, Devatirtha, and Vasantatirtha.
The pradhana archaka of the temple was Kirtishesha Sri Raghavabhattar.
In 2010 the temple commissioned a new silver ratha, and had an utsava.
Urbanisation/development in Vasantapura has increased pace in recent years.
- ದೇವರಕೆರೆ ದ್ವೀಪದ ಶ್ರೀ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ ದೇವಾಲಯ (dēvarakere dvīpada śrī śrīnivāsa dēvālaya):
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರದ ಪ್ರಾಚೀನತೆಗೆ ಹಲವು ದೇವಾಲಯಗಳೂ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಯಾಗಿವೆ. ಇಂಥ ಪುರಾತನ ದೇವಾಲಯಗಳ ಪೈಕಿ ಕನಕಪುರ ರಸ್ತೆಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ ವಸಂತಪುರದ ಭೂನ್ನೀಳಾ ವಸಂತನಾಯಕಿ ಸಮೇತ ವಸಂತ ವಲ್ಲಭಸ್ವಾಮಿ ದೇವಾಲಯವೂ ಒಂದು. ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕವಾಗಿ 1 ಸಾವಿರ ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಭವ್ಯ ಇತಿಹಾಸ ಇರುವ ಈ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಸ್ಥಳದ
- Census of India, 1991: Karnataka:
The other places of tourist interest around the city are the Bannerghatta National Park, the Champakadhama temple at Bannerghatta, Vasantha Vallabha Raya Swamy temple at Vasanthapura, Subramanyeshvara temple at Subramanyapura…
- "ರಜತ ರಥೋತ್ಸವ", Prajavani (in Kannada), June 24, 2010
- "Vedic seminar" PDF:
There are many types of Pratishtas such as -- Devata Pratishta as in some ancient temples; Rishi Pratishta as in Sri VasantaVallabha raya temple in Bangalore ; Swayambhu or self-appearance as at Kanipakam Ganapati in A.P. ; or Manava Pratishtas as commonly available in many places and in each colony of the metro cities and urban centers. There are Rakshasa Pratistas also.
- B. S. Ramesh (April 20 2010), "Tumbida Koda", Kannada Prabha (in Kannada) Check date values in:
- M. Keerthi Prasad (December 3, 2009), "ಅಸಮತೋಲನದ ಬವಣೆ", Prajavani (in Kannada)
- Article about the temple
- Vasanthapura's twin temples Shankaranarayanan, June 25, 2013, DHNS
- Blog post containing video by Deepa Mohan (Youtube)
- Article with lots of photos by Deepa Mohan
- Another article with more info, by Krupa Rajangam
- Some "Gurupriya Akashaganga" apartments: "1000 year old VASANTHA VALLABHA TEMPLE"?
- Post on mailing list: "built in the last 300 years"?
- Photo of lake around the temple
- Photos taken near the temple