Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, Karnataka
in the 16th century by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, the Gavi
Gangadhareshwara Temple is an architectural marvel that attracts devotees
by hordes. One of Bangalore's oldest temples, the Gavi Gangadhareshwara
temple was built by Kempe Gowda in gratitude after being released from
his five-year incarceration by Rama Raya.
Built inside a natural
cave in Gavipuram, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is carved
out of a monolithic stone. The chief attractions of the Gavi Gangadhareshvara
temple are the Granite Pillars two of which support mammoth discs representing
the sun and the moon, while the other two have a Nandi figure at the top.
the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, the temple witnesses a unique
phenomenon when the evening sun's rays passes through an arch between
the horns of Nandi and falls directly on the linga inside the cave, thereby
lighting up the idol inside. It is a phenomenon that is proof of the technical
excellence of ancient architects, of their knowledge of astronomy combined
with great architectural skill.
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka
How to Reach:
Bangalore is extremely well-connected
by road, rail and air services to other cities of Karnataka.
Significance: Dedicated to
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