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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple, popularly known as Gavipuram Cave temple, is one of the India’s oldest cave temples which is situated in Bangalore, Karnataka. It is a splendid example of Rock-Cut Architecture of India. The most interesting aspect of this temple are the granite pillars, which have mysterious stone-discs, which are present in the forecourt of the temple which make way for a miracle.

Since, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Cave Temple is built inside a natural cave, it is a highly dark place. However, at a certain time of the year in January, i.e. Makar Sankranti, a celestial event allows the sunlight to fall on the shrine of Lord Shiva (Shivalinga) as if the Sun is paying homage to the Lord itself.
This unique phenomenon happens every year at the same time.

Thousands of Lord Shiva’s devotees chant Shiva’s name repeatedly but patiently to visualize this event, which occurs for about an hour inside this cave. The sun’s rays enter through the two arched stone-discs, of the temple, making a patch of bright light. Since the sun sets in the west direction, the light keeps on shifting towards the Shivalinga.

It makes way through the back of the idol of Nandi sweeping through between the horns and finally, falling at the foot of the Shiva’s shrine. This event, inside the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, is accompanied by the chants of mantras by priests, who keep on pouring milk all throughout this delightful occurrence.

Along with the main shrine of Lord Shiva, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple also accommodates a Nandi Sculpture, Agnimurthi, a rare idol Lord Agni and many more deities. At the entrance of the temple, a huge image of Shakti Ganpati with 12 hands is placed.

The history of the temple takes us to the Eleventh century AD, in times of the Chola origin, Tamil Dynasty. It is believed that this temple was a place of worship of the founder of Bangalore – Kempegowda. Kempegowda took interest in this abandoned temple (by the British) which was initially engaged by the Jain.

A team of researchers and astronomers in Bangalore has recently concluded that this event is not restricted to just one day in a year. Nevertheless, this has also been proved that the same happening occurs again, somewhere around late November to early December. Many other mysterious beliefs related to Bangalore’s Gavi Gangadhareshwara lay in the minds of the visitors, like about the rare two-headed figure of Lord Agni and a dark tunnel in other direction of the hill.


Gavi Gangadhareshwara By Car:

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is just 3 kilometers away from City Market.

Nearest Airport to Gavi Gangadhareshwara:

The Temple is the nearest to Bangalore International Airport which is 35 kilometers away.

Nearest Railway Station to Gavi Gangadhareshwara:

There are four railways stations through which one can reach Gavi Gangadhareshwara.

They are:-
Bangalore CY (SBC) Railway Station (4km)
Nayandahalli Railway Station (4km)
Jnana Bharati Railway Station (6km)
Malleswaram Railway Station.(6km)

Bus route to Gavi Gangadhareshwara:

If you are interested to reach this temple by bus, then you have to take the 35e Ordinary City Bus. In addition, the Kempegowda or the Majestic Bus stand is just 3 kilometers away from the temple.

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