Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is the famous cave temple which is situated in the locality of Gavipuram in Bangalore. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is one of the very ancient cave temple in India and a famous religious tourist attraction of Bangalore. The Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple was built with cut out of the rock in the 9th century. Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple is dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva.
Fact about Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple of Bangalore
Address: Gavipuram at Bangalore Karnataka
Location: 3 km from the City Market
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Built in: 16th century
Main Attractions: Illumination of Shivalinga
Festivals: Shivaratri and Makarasankranti
Nearest Airport: Bangalore international airport just 38 km from temple.
Nearest Railway station: Bangalore city railway station just 33 km from temple.
By Bus or Road: It is about 5 km from city Bus Stop and 6 km from Kalasipalyam.
The temple with fourteen pillars in Vijaya Nagara style with two Shikaras is built with granite structure. The deity in the main shrine is a Shivalinga. The Shivlinga inside the main shrine of the cave is tall and attractive. There are two idols of Sage Gouthama and Bharadwaja in cave path surrounding the main shrine. The other idols at temple are Agni the god of fire and Nandi (a bull) sculpture. There are 3 limestone caves and Shiva idol is in the biggest one. An image of Shakti Ganapathi with 12 hands is attractive.
Entry Fee and Timing for Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple of Bangalore
Open days: Open All days
Visit duration: Ony 1 hours
Timing: 6.00 AM to 8.00 PM
Illumination of Shivalinga dates: Every year from 13 to 16 January and 26 November to 2 December
Photography: Not allowed
Entry Fee: Free
Sunrays fall on the Siva Linga on Makarasankranti day
At the time of Makarasankranti sunrays from top of temple will fall directly on Linga. Lakhs of people visit the temple on that day. On this day, for one hour, the sunrays fall on the Siva Linga, after passing through the two horns of the idol of Nandi Bull. The sun is illuminate the Shivalinga two times every year from 13 to 16 January and from 26 November to 2 December. Every year it attracts thousands of devotees during the astronomical phenomenon and the festival of Shivaratri. Illumination of Shivalinga by the Sunrays which is the major attraction of the temple.