Sri Kalika Durga Parameshwari Temple, Vidyaranyapura

Recently I had been to Vidyaranpura to visit Sri Kalika Durga Parameshwari Temple. Vidyaranpura is now one among the top housing localities of Bangalore which was just a small housing layout few years back. Sri Kalika Durga Parameshwari temple at Vidayaranyapura has been one of the old temples of Bangalore attracting devotees from many places.

108 feet Gopuram of temple 

The temple has the tall Gopuram of 108 feet with artistic design and the greenery of tree on either sides of temple entrance has made it an peaceful place. Temple has Ganesha, Sharabeshwara, Devasana, Anjaneya, Goddess Saraswathi and Dakshina Murthy along with the other avatars of Goddess Durga.

Temple also has Yakshini, to which the chits are tied by the devotees with request to fulfil their wishes. It is being another temple in Bangalore having Medhaguru Dakshina Murthy apart from Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple. Special poojas are offered to Goddess on festivals and every tuesday. 

entrance gate of temple at the main road

Devotees offer garland made of lemons and saree to fulfill their wishes. In midst of Bangalore traffic and busy schedule visiting this temple would be a place of tranquil. Temple is near to Vidyaranyapura main bus stop and can be easily reached.

Bangalore - Bus stand through my lens

Recently had been to Bangalore, construction of Metro railway track and station was in progress. I clicked few photographs of majestic and the construction work. May be some day in future one may wonder at the construction work and the present day Majestic.

construction work

old KSRTC bus stand

Majestic - BMTC bus stand

KSRTC bus stand

Indian Railways Current Ticket Booking after Charting

Indian Railways provides an unique feature of current reservation to the passengers to travel with confirmed tickets based on the availability of the seats at the source station. Current reservation can be done at the source station after the preparation of chart but before the departure of train. After chart preparation the seats available for the current reservation can be known at the counter next to the enquiry and not at the regular advanced ticket reservation counter.

The information about current reservation can also be known online by providing the name of the source station. The trains departing from that station having the same station as the starting point in the next four hours and the availability of tickets in those trains will be displayed. There is no direct link on Indian Railways home page to access current reservation enquiry page but can be got by searching for “current reservation Indian Railways”.

To get the list of trains and seats availability click on the link “Current Reservation Enquiry” and type the source station name.

current reservation
type the source station name or code

Even the ticket issued for current reservation will be superscribed with “Journey cum Reservation ticket after charting”.
railway reservation booking

Sometimes current reservation may not be available due to huge number of waiting list tickets. It is better to check online and make alternate arrangements in case current reservation tickets are not available instead of going to railway station. Also, it is useful for the people who plan at the last moment and look for getting confirmed tickets.

Alternatively, IRCTC website ( can also be used to book current reservation tickets after the initial chart preparation. As a benefit for passengers, IRCTC is offering the seats in current reservation at 10% discount on the reservation fare.

Padmavathi Temple and Jain Basadi - Humcha, Shimoga

Humcha or Hombuja Kshetra is one of the popular pilgrimage centers in Shivamogga district. The temple is built during the period of Jinadatta Raya. Temple is very close to the road and can be reached easily through public transport. Temple is present in the midst of green lustrous surroundings and it is a pleasure to see around from the top of hill having Parshwanatha idol.

Humcha Padmavathi Temple

Parshwanatha idol on top of the hill

There are temples of Devi Padmavathi and Parshwanatha at Humcha and many basadis are around. Festivals are celebrated with great pomp. Devotees all over the country visit this place but more number is from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

Greenery around Humcha

Surrounding Greenery

Thirthalli and Shivamogga are nearby and one can opt for staying at those places. Even temple provides lodging facility at nominal prices.