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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, Bangalore

  • It is an amazing sight of Indian-rock-cut architecture which is also famous as Gavipuram Cave Temple. It is one of the ancient temples in Bangalore which was built by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century. 

    In the forecourt of the temple lies mysterious stone discs that allow the sun rays on the shrine in a certain time of a year. The temple is basically carved on a rock where the major sections of the outside appearance include monolithic pillars and two fans on the patio where the pillars represent Trishul and Damaru. 

    The two granite pillars holding the gigantic disks of the Sun and the Moon and the other two showcasing several Nandi bulls are some of the outer features of the temple with few other monolithic structures. 

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva where on the day of Makar Sankranti the arc over the horns of Nandi allows the sunbeams to pass through the cave and illuminate the Shiva lingam. This unique phenomenon and the technical excellence of this cave temple attracts devotees from all over the world to witness the surreal sight.

    Location: 3 km from the City Market | Gavipuram, Bengaluru 560018, India

    Best Time to Visit: During Maha Shivratri ad during sunrise.

    Price: No entrance fee is charged.

    Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: below 1 hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 4 KM

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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

It is an amazing sight of Indian-rock-cut architecture which is also famous as Gavipuram Cave Temple. It is one of the ancient temples in Bangalore which was built by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century. 

In the forecourt of the temple lies mysterious stone discs that allow the sun rays on the shrine in a certain time of a year. The temple is basically carved on a rock where the major sections of the outside appearance include monolithic pillars and two fans on the patio where the pillars represent Trishul and Damaru. 

The two granite pillars holding the gigantic disks of the Sun and the Moon and the other two showcasing several Nandi bulls are some of the outer features of the temple with few other monolithic structures. 

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva where on the day of Makar Sankranti the arc over the horns of Nandi allows the sunbeams to pass through the cave and illuminate the Shiva lingam. This unique phenomenon and the technical excellence of this cave temple attracts devotees from all over the world to witness the surreal sight.

Location: 3 km from the City Market | Gavipuram, Bengaluru 560018, India

Best Time to Visit: During Maha Shivratri ad during sunrise.

Price: No entrance fee is charged.

Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: below 1 hour.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 4 KM