Haj pilgrimage is the holiest in the Muslim religion. It is said that all able bodied Muslims should do Hajj at least once in lifetime. Every year millions of people all over the world go on Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Check one of the rare documentary video by Discovery channel to get an insight into the pilgrimage of Hajj.
Last sunday evening I visited the Kalyana Venkateshwara temple at Gokul, Mathikere. I saw this temple once when I was traveling from Hebbal using the Outer Ring road to reach Yeshwantpur and thought of visiting it later. This temple was constructed by a prominent Bangalorean MS Ramaiah. Perhaps you have heard of MS Ramaiah college – it is run by that family. The temple is dedicated to lord Venkateshwara – the same deity at Tirupathi (Andhra Pradesh). At the entrance of the temple there is a jajastamba (tower) made of brass as typically found in many south Indian temples. Inside you have the deity of Venkateshwara. You can walk besides the sanctum sanatorium to take rounds around the deity. At the backside of the Venkateshwara deity you can see a picture of the idol of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirupathi claimed to be taken in 1875. At the left hand side of the sanctum sanatorium, there is a large bell.
The temple is nicely maintained and has benches outside to sit. You are supposed to keep shoes outside for which you are expected to pay e.g. Rs 1 – 2. I am very disappointed that they do not allow to take pictures inside and even prevent people to take pictures outside. On the right hand side of the temple is a big choultry where marriages takes place.