It was Lord Shanmukha’s own will to choose the barren Hillock in Rajarajeshwari Nagar as His abode and He inspired His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahaswamiji of Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri, to appoint Dr. R. Arunachalam as His contractor to build Shrungagiri Sri Shanmukha Temple on the hillock.
    Thus ordained and blessed, Dr. Arunachalam’s extraordinary visionary capacity guided him to design the entire temple structure based on the very name of Lord Shanmukha, which means a ‘Six Faced God’. In other words, the design of the whole Temple is based on ‘Star” (     ) concept. The Sanctum (Garbha Gudi) and its outer circle (Prakara), devotees’ hall, outer walls, roof design – all are ‘Star’ (      ) shape constructions. The Temple Gopuram structure is the six faces of Lord Shanmukha.
This unique Temple is situated on a hillock which is 240’ from the ground level. The total height of the temple is 123’ of which the six faced Gopuram itself is 62’ (including 19’ up to neck). The Crystal Dome above the Gopuram has a height of 42’, with 33’ Diameter and 105’ Circumference. The six faces of Lord Shanmukha are 6” thick concrete moulded structures.

The Temple is the first of its kind not only in India, but also in the world. The salient features of the Temple can be summed up thus - the Sanctum Sanctorum (Garbha Gudi) is of traditional design, while the exterior of the Temple is of architectural design and the Temple Tower (Gopuram) is totally unique depicting the six faces of Lord Shanmukha. The Temple Tower is ultra modern and is being fitted with thousands of Crystals to receive and disperse an array of colorful LED & Laser lights. A laser graphic sky show is also being organized and the work is in full swing. Once completed, the Temple is bound to be a land mark tourist spot of Bangalore.
In addition to the Shanmukha Temple, a Panchamikhi Vinayaka Temple has also been constructed at the foot-hill of “Shrungagiri”. This temple is also unique inasmuch as the Panchamukhi Vinayaka is “Simhavaahanaroodha” (riding a lion). The temple complex also houses a “Nagara Katte” and plans are afoot to build a Shiva Temple and Navagraha Prathishtapana – both of which again would be unique in nature.
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