Very few things bring as much joy in the life of Software professionals as a long weekend. You can go shopping, visit friends, go for a weekend trip, do all that is expected of a good husband and still have a day to rest and relax.
The Good Friday weekend was one such occasion and in the spirit of the religious holiday we decided to visit a place of worship. The general consensus was to visit Sushil Dham – a Jain shrine that we had heard about recently. Its a Jain temple complex about 20 kms from Bangalore on NH7 (Hosur Road) – newly built by Rajasthan’s Surana Family in the memory of Jain saint Sushil Suriji.
We started from Bannerghatta Road at about 11:15 AM and took the NICE road from Gottigere towards Hosur road. From Gottigere its about a 10 kms drive to Hosur Road. When driving from Koramangala, take the elevated tollway towards Electronic City. After getting down the highway, drive for another 9 kms. and switch to the service lane after crossing Bommasandra. Sushil Dham will be towards your left. See the map below for directions from Koramangala.
From Bannerghatta Road, it took us less than 30 minutes to reach Sushil Dham so we were there before 12 PM. You can also take a bus to this place – Bus # 360 towards Attibele.
Our first reaction on reaching the shrine was of surprise – we did not expect it to be so big and well developed. This temple compound has a temple of Jain Tirthankar Parshwanath bhagwan, a Dadabadi of Sri Sushil Suriji Maharajsaheb, a Dharm-shala for pilgrims’ stay, a Bhojan-shala for meals and also has a children’s play area. The compound is newly built, very clean and well maintained with lot of trees, plants and flowers all around.
Our first stop was the Parshwanath temple – it is built in white marble and leaves you impressed with its beautiful carvings. In addition to Bhagwan Parshwanath, the main hall of the temple has statues of various Jain deities. After praying in the temple, we walked around the compound. Walking bare foot on a sunny day can be quite painful if you are not used to it, soon we were ready for lunch and headed for the Bhojanshala. The lunch timing are from 12:30PM to 2:00PM. For only Rs. 35 you can enjoy a delicious sattvik meal – we enjoyed ours thoroughly.
If you are a follower of the Jain religion and live in Bangalore, Sushil Dham is a must visit. The drive is quick, temple is beautiful and newly built and the food is delicious. Away from the bustle of city life it will be a good short break. You can also book a room in the Dharm-shala and make it an overnight stay.
Here are some more pictures from this beautiful shrine.