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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

Cultural life of Bangalore is closely related to the diversity of its population. More or less every nook and corner of India have their representative in this Silicon Valley and multi cultural spirit can also be witnessed during any festival when the folks iron out the region, religion, class, caste barriers and take part heartily. However, Bangalore has its own traditional festivals like Bangalore Karaga, Dussera, Deepavali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Makara Sankrati and Ugadi. The Garden city, Bangalore boasts a bunch of places of worship; you will discover historical religious places known for their magnificent architecture. Not only are these places of worship respected among the faithful, but additionally important from the perspective of architecture. There are numerous Temples, Mosques, Churches and Gurdwars are found in Bangalore city. So today, let us have a look at the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is situated in the locality of Gavipuram - Guttahalli in Bangalore. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is also sometimes referred as the Gavipuram Cave Temple. It is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is popular because of its depiction of the stone discs in the forecourt and to the accurate planning of the temple in such a way that the sun shines on it in a particular manner. 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 a temple, which has been cut from a huge rock probably during the 9th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Main shrine is Shivalinga. At the front of the temple, one can also find a Nandi sculpture, the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva. Towards the left to the main entrance, there is a splendid image of Shakti Ganapathi, which has 12 hands. You will find four monolith pillars at courtyard, which symbolize Damaru, Thrishula.
The temple has a rare idol of Agni, the fire god, probably the only one of its kind in the entire South India.  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. It is a special occasion during which the sunrays fall on the Shiva Linga for one hour. It passes between the horns of Nandi. This is one of the best features of the architectural excellence over here. One cannot help but marvel at the knowledge of architecture as well as astronomy that the ancient sculptors did and took the pains to craft the temple in a manner such that the rays of sun may pass via its horns and light up the Shiva Linga inside the temple. This feature happens to take place every year on January 14th between 5 in the evening till 6 in the evening for an hour.

Some of the other famous religious places of Bengaluru are as follows.

Bull Temple

Dodda Basavana Gudi (the Bull Temple) is situated in the N.R. Colony, Basavanagudi, area of South Bengaluru. The temple is inside the park called Bugle Rock. The bull referred to is a sacred Hindu demi-god, known as Nandi; Nandi is a close devotee and attendant of Shiva. Dodda Basavana Gudi is said to be the biggest temple of Nandi in the world. The stone cult image of Nandi is continually covered with new layers of butter. There is a cult image of Lord Ganesha close by. Every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of the month of Karthika Maasa a groundnut fair is held in the temple premises and groundnut is offered to the deity. This fair is known as Kadalekaayi Parishe in local language. Groundnut sellers and devotees throng the place during Kadalekaayi Parishe.


This temple is without doubt one of the main tourist attractions of Bangalore. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple is constructed in Dravidian and modern architecture. The ISKCON is situated on a hill spread to seven acres, which is also referred to as the Hare Krishna Hill. This is exactly a stunning mixture of glass and gopuram, a combination of contemporary and ancient.

Someshwara Temple

The Someshwara Temple dedicated Lord Shiva is located at Halasur, and this temple is without doubt one of the architectural masterpieces of the Chola dynasty, which includes a striking feature Rajagopuram (tower). A massive pillar, generally known as Dwajasthamba, is also placed in front of the temple.

Banashankari Temple

The temple is located in Banashankari one of the main localities in Kanakapura Road. This temple was constructed in the year 1915 by Somanna Shetty, a devotee of Goddess Banashankari. He brought a deity of from Badami, in Bijapur district, and installed it inside the temple. The unique feature of this Banashankari Temple is deity is worshiped during Rahukala (inauspicious time for Hindus). The temple is more crowded with devotees on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays particularly by more number of females.

Dharmaraya Temple

Dharamraya Temple is situated in the Nagarathpet area of Bangalore. This temple is connected to the Karaga festival, an important annual event held in Bangalore every year. On the day of the Karaga Festival, the Karaga kept within the temple is taken out for a procession, which covers a distance of roughly 20-25 km.

St. Mary's Basilica

The St. Mary s Basilica is located in Shivajinagar, one of the busiest localities of Bangalore. This church is situated opposite to the Russel Market. This is one of the oldest churches in Bangalore, which was initially built in the year 1818 as a small chapel by Abbe Dubois. But, later, Reverend L.E. Kleiner got it modified into an ornate Gothic style church. Saint Mary s Feast is celebrated on September 8 every year.

Jumma Masjid

The Jumma Masjid is one of the oldest Mosque in Bangalore city. This mosque is located in the City Market or KR Market area. Jumma Masjid was earlier known as Sangian Jamia Masjid. The mosque has gained attraction because of its beautiful architecture. During festival times, this magnificent mosque is lit up in the night and radiates with a divine aura.

To reach here

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

Every religious place has its own divine blessing. The temples of Bengaluru are an example of this. Do take the time and visit the temple in case you are close by.


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