Sunday, September 7, 2014

Buddha Vihar, Bangalore

Buddha Vihar is the Buddhists place of worship. The Buddha Vihar in Frazer Town, Banlaore was started in 1907 by Ayodidas Panditar, hailing from Madras and who had visited Sri Lanka and had embraced Buddhism there. And I discovered this place as it was the location for this week's pencil jamming.

It’s a serene place with a prayer/meditation hall, a small house where the caretakers reside and a humongous Peepal tree that is a microcosm in itself. Mr. Mohan, who opens the place for prayers, mentioned the plans of have a residential complex for monks within the compound. He spoke of the time when Dalai Lama visited the place for its 100th anniversary.

Given the hustle bustle of the city, you are sure to overlook this place. However, if you do step into the building you will find an oasis of peace. The interiors have two beautiful statues of Buddha and some colourful artefacts. 


  1. Nice sketches and thank you for the informative write-up. Were the sketches done on location?

    1. Thanks :) ... coming from you, its very encouraging. I love your architectural sketches ... they always bring the place alive.

      Yes, these were done on location, as a part of the Pencil Jam WDC session.