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Deccan Herald » Metro Life - Mon » Detailed Story
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
Rustic Charm in urban setting
Vasanthapura, Konanakunte, ISRO Layout and Kumaraswamy Layout which exist cheek-by-jowl at the periphery of the southern part of the City have evolved from a pastoral and rustic landscape to an increasingly urban place. However, it is Vasanthapura, a legendary and historic village that is the centre of attraction.


VASANTHAPURA

Vasanthapura is a legendary village, just 12 kms away from the City. The village is located on a small hillock with an ancient, quaint temple dedicated to Vasantha Vallabharayaswamy. Legend has it that sage Mandavya once disappeared from his ashram  situated on the banks of the Ganges. His disciples were highly perturbed at the absence of their guru. They made a frantic search over the dales and hills. Finally, they located the rishi meditating in a cave in Vasanthapura.

Vasanthapura can be approached by taking a right deviation at Konanakunte Cross (14 kms from Bangalore). It can also be reached after taking a deviation near Banashankari Circle via Subramanyapura (12 kms).
Several layouts have come up around Vasanthapura including Vittalnagar, Maruthi Nagar, Sharada Layout and Lingegowda Colony. Other areas around Vasanthapura are Govinaikanahalli, Uttarahalli, Gubbalala village, Doddakalasandra, Bikasipura and Konanakunte.

The Sai Spiritual Centre is building another temple for Baba in Vasanthapura on the outskirts of the City, which already houses the ancient temple of Lord Srinivasa. There is the Akshaya Patra's kitchen in Vasanthapura, off Kanakapura Road. This is what's at the heart of the massive mid-day meal scheme, which feeds government school children in south Bangalore and prisoners at Parappana Agrahara.

KONANAKUNTE

Konanakunte evolved from a secluded area on the City’s outskirts, having only graveyards and grape vineyards, to a partially developed, semi-urban residential area. As of 2001 India census, it had a population of 13,262. In the Harijan Colony in Konanakunte, a small area occupied by slum dwellers had a natural pond, which was a source of drinking water for buffalos. In the past, people cultivated crops like avarekai, huchellu and ragi. 

Konanakunte gained popularity during the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in early 90s. The main accused Sivarasan along with his aides were found to be hiding here. The only landmark in the area was the huge Khoday’s factory, which provided labour to the local people. Over the years, Konanakunte has experienced increasing urbanisation. Thousands of hectares of land in and around Konanakunte were converted into residential layouts and the value of land had gone up.

KUMARASWAMY LAYOUT

Kumarswamy Layout lies adjoining to J P Nagar. This area houses famous Jamia Masjid, a Muslim shrine which stands adjacent to Army Salvation Church. There are several medical institutes located here providing quality medical facilities to the patients. This region has landmarks like Best Crompton Engineers and Dayanand Sagar Educational Institutions in its vicinity. The famed Banashankari Temple is close to this place. Madeshwara and Manasa are the two movie theatres. You can catch buses enroute different parts of the City from the local bus station. 

Kumaraswamy Layout is located about 25 kms from the City Railway Station. Vasanthpura Main Road, Kanakapura Road, Uttarahalli Road and Ring Road connect to Kumarswamy Layout.

ISRO LAYOUT

ISRO Layout is a well-planned 83-acre layout formed by the Space Employees Housing Co-operative Society in mid-eighties.  The layout, located off Kanakapura Road houses 924 plots, was developed with the support of the Bangalore Development Authority. The residents took the initiative to develop roads, parks and restored the Deverakere Lake (Vasanthapura lake) nearby. The Space Colony Welfare Association (SCWA) looks after the welfare of the residents. The development of ISRO layout acted as a catalyst and had a cascading effect and led to the forming of other areas around the layout.

Michael Patrao


VALLABHARAYA TEMPLE

The Vallabharaya Temple was built originally in the later Vijayanagara style and subsequently extended in the 19th century. The main deity enshrined in the garbhagriha is actually Srinivasa though locally described as Vallabharaya and is 1.5 metres tall having later Vijayanagar features. The deity is flanked by his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi on either sides. The deity is believed to have been consecrated by sage Mandavya.

BHAVANISHANKARI TEMPLE

The Bhavanishankari Temple is within the precinct of Vallabharaya Temple. It is said to have been built in the 16th century by Shivaji during his campaign at Vellore. It has two cells side by side, one to the left enshrines the Shivalinga and other to the right has the seated image of Bhavani.

HERITAGE THEME PARK

The state government has approved 28 acres of land at Vasanthapura to International Society for Krishna Consciousness for the construction of a theme park. The ‘India Heritage Theme Park’  as it is called is being set up with an investment of over 350 crores at Vasanthapura. This unique park could be compared to Disneyland. The difference being that instead of Disney characters here children will get to see and experience Krishna through myriad ways. It is an attempt to re-introduce Indian mythological heroes in the form of Krishna, Hanuman and Narasimha into the entertainment landscape of Indian children.

VASANTHAPURA LAKE

Vasanthapura Lake or Devarakere Lake, an interesting picnic spot, is located in south-east Bangalore. The lake covers an area of about 15 acres and is maintained by the forest department. Over the years, the lake deteriorated due to urbanisation and encroachments.

The discharge of effluents into the water body has been stopped and the bunds have been strengthened. The lake has been desilted to enhance the water impounding capacity.

DID YOU KNOW?

  Konanakunte means ‘Buffalo Pond’ (Konana  - buffalo; kunte - pond).

 ‘Khechara’, a dance school run by the popular dance-duo Shridhar and Anuradha Shridhar is located in SBM   Colony, Konanakunte.

 Atma Darshan Yogashram, the southern branch of the Bihar School Of Yoga is located in Kumaraswamy Layout (Opp Dayananda Sagar College).

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