Malleswaram, one of the most active areas of present day Bangalore is a Divya Kshethra by its own right. This old locality of Bangalore, a mix of commercial and residential areas was originally known as ‘Maderaningahalli’.
According to the inscription found in and around the temple: Ekkoji Rao, the elder brother of Chathrapathi Shivaji, had a divine dream wherein Lord Shiva wished him to build a temple. Upon surveying a small hillock he came upon a Udbhava Murthy of Lord Shiva. At that place came into existence a temple, known today as the Kaadu Malleswara Temple.
It is from this temple that the name of the present day locality, Malleswaram, is derived. There exists another small hillock next to Kaadu Malleswara whereupon a small Udbhava Murthy of Lord Sri Narasimha Swamy was discovered. In 1982, the denizens of Malleswaram led by Sriyutha Lakshman Rao Sawant, Shreemathi Ellu Bai, Sriyuths Narasimhaiah, BK Hariprasad, Narasaraju and others came together to build a temple dedicated to Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.
Initially a small sanctum sanctorum was built and gradually expanded to its present day size and layout.