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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, Bangalore

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is situated in the locality of Gavipuram - Guttahalli in Bangalore. This temple is at a distance of just 3 km from the City Market.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple also Gavipuram Cave Temple, an example of Indian rock-cut architecture. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is popular because of somewhat mysterious stone discs in forecourt in addition to the accurate planning permitting for Sun to shine on temple in certain time of the year. The temple shrine is a protected monument under the Karnataka Ancient and Historical Monuments, and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1961.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is the very old temple was cut from huge rock probably during the 9th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Main shrine is Shivalinga, in the front of the temple you can also find Nandi sculpture, the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva.

Towards the left of main entry, there is a splendid image of Shakti Ganapathi, which has 12 hands. You will find four monolith pillars at courtyard, which symbolize Damaru, Thrishula as well as two fans.

The temple as well has a rare idol of Agni, the fire god, probably the only one of its kind in the entire South India. The Idol of Agni is two headed, seven handed as well as three legs. It is believed that worshipping this deity will get rid of all eye related problems.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is one of few temples in Bangalore dedicated to Shiva and it is visited by a large number of devotees during Makara Sankranthi and Maha Shivaratri.

Illumination of shrine by the Sun rays on Makara Sankranthi

A large number of devotees come here on January 14th or 15th every year on Makara sankranthi day to Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple. It is a special occasion during the sunrays fall on the Shiva Linga for one hour the way it passes between the horns of Nandi. This is an example of knowledge of architecture as well as astronomy that the ancient sculptors could craft the horns of stone bull outside the temple therefore that the rays of sun may pass via its horns and light up the Shiva Linga inside the temple. This only one of its kind happening could be witnessed in Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple just for one hour i.e., between 17.00 hrs and 18.00 hrs on this specific day.

How to reach the temple

The Temple is easily accessible from the city of Bangalore through local buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis.

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