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Bull Temple Bangalore

Bull TempleBull Temple was constructed in 16th century and is dedicated to a sacred bull - Nandi carved out of a single granite block. Bull Temple in Bangalore, Temples in Bangalore Karnataka, Bangalore Travel Guide, Bull Temple Bangalore, Bull Temple in Bangalore, Temples in Karnataka The temple is a typical specimen of Dravidian architecture. Kallekai parse an annual festival is celebrated at the time of harvesting of peanuts during the month of Nov-Dec, thousands of visitors throng the city to participate in the festival from all over the state.

¤ About The Bull Temple

The "Bull Temple" is situated in Bangalore - the capital of Karnataka. The sculpture of bull is the holy deity in the temple, also known as "Nandi Temple". The gigantic bull measuring 4.57m in height and 6.10 m in length is carved out of a single rock. It is a sculptural magnum opus.
This Bull Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva's Vahana (vehicle), Nandi the bull. Large number of devotees visits the enormous monolithic statue of the sitting bull every day.

Nandi the bull of Shiva faces the temple of Lord Shiva haunch at the back with sculptures of God Surya and Goddess Candra on their chariots drawn by horsesBull Temple in Bangalore, Temples in Bangalore Karnataka, Bangalore Travel Guide, Bull Temple Bangalore, Bull Temple in Bangalore, Temples in Karnataka . There is a small Lingam shrine bedecked with the exquisite Gopuram. The underground "Sri-Gavi Gandadhareshwara Temple" holds its own charm, every year on 14th January known as Makara Sankranti festival, it is believed that a ray of light passes between the horn of a Nandi outside the temple and lights the idol kept inside. The Bull temple is full of liveliness during the Shivratri festival.

Non Hindus are not allowed in the temple. Bull Temple in Bangalore, Temples in Bangalore Karnataka, Bangalore Travel Guide, Bull Temple Bangalore, Bull Temple in Bangalore, Temples in Karnataka There are continuos festive celebrations throughout the year assisted by the musical programs held in the temple premises.

Timings: Entry to the temple is free and the daily timings are from 6a.m. to 8 p.m.

¤ Legend

The legend has it that the surrounding area of the temple, known as Sunkenahalli was cultivated for groundnut. A bull started grazing in the well-grown groundnut crop, at this, a farmer got furious and hit the bull with a club. Immediately the bull sat down becoming motionless and was transformed into a stone. Poor farmers were left stun and felt guilty. For their repentance they decided to build a temple for the bull, to their surprise the bull was growing in height. The worried farmer then prayed to Lord Shiva who advised them to redeem a trident buried a few feet away from the bull and place the trident on the forehead of the stone statue to stop it from growing. Farmers followed the Lord's advice and the bull stopped growing. Still one can see the trident place on bull's forehead.

Since then farmers offer their first crop of groundnut to the bull. The farmer's hold a Groundnut fair known as Kadalekayi Parishe, near the temple premises every year, to show their thankfulness. It is one of the worth visiting places in Bangalore.

¤ Architecture

The temple is a typical specimen of the Dravidian-style of temple architecture constructed by Kempe Gowda. The temple is nestling in Basavanagudi housing a scared bull of Lord Shiva, it is believed that the source of the river Vishwa Bharathi originates from the feet of the Nandi. There is a Ganesh temple inside the premises with a large deity all made of 110 kilos of butter. The deity of butter is distributed as a prashada (God's food) every four years.

Farmers offer the first groundnuts to the sacred bull. The Bhoganandiswara temple at the foothills of Nandi Hills goes back to the period of the Banas, Cholas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar Kings. The image has been carved out of single granite rock. The original color of Nandi bull was gray which has now turned black due to the application of coconut oil by the devotees.

¤ Festivity

Anually, Kadalekayi Parishe -the Groundnut Fair is held near the temple during the month of November- December when the groundnut crop is harvested. Farmers offer the first groundnuts harvest to the sacred bull. Thousand of visitors and devotees throng the temple site from all over the state.

¤ Accessibility To The Bull Temple

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus regularly operates from the all over the state to the Park. Coaches of B.T.S., I.T.D.C., are also available. Tourist coaches and taxis are also available for the park.
Badami Cave Temple

Badami Caves are situated in the northern side of Karnataka. Badami was once the capital of Chalukyas. The place is famous for the magnificent rock cut cave temples. There are in all four cave temples of which two are dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one to Lord Shiva and the fourth one is a Jain temple. All the caves have exceptional carvings that make them a must visit. Cave 1 is the oldest carved temple built around year 578. The main features of the cave are the paintings of the ceiling. Image of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is shown there. Lord Shiva is depicted as Nataraja with 18 arms. Lord Shiva is also shown in 81 dancing posses. Cave 2 and 3 are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Both the caves have some of the most exquisite carvings of Lord Vishnu and his incarnations. Cave 2 has images of Lord Vishnu as Vamana and Varaha whereas cave 3 shows Lord Vishnu as Narasimha, Varaha, Harihara and Trivikrama. The precision of the carvings will surely leave you mesmerized. Cave 4 is a Jain temple with an image of Lord Mahavira in the sanctum. You will also find carvings of Padmavathi and tirthankaras.

Mookambika Temple, Kollur

Perched in the valley of great Kodachadri Peak at the foot of the Western Ghats, Mookambika Temple is situated on the banks of ever running River Sauparnika. The temple is at a distance of 130 Km from Mangalore and is in a place called Kollur. Mookambika temple is among the seven most sacred temples in Karnataka called Seven Muktishala Pilgrim sites. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mookambika. Inside the Sanctum Sanctorum, there is an old Jyotirlinga which is kept in front of the image of Goddess Mookambika. It is said that the metal image of the goddess was installed here by the great Hindu religious leader Sri Adi Shankara. It is also believed that he performed penance here. The temple has gold plated crest and roofs covered with copper tiles. The temple is visited by pilgrims from all over the world.

Bull Temple

Situated in the capital city of Bangalore, Bull Temple is one of the most easily accessible temples in Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Nandi Bull, the guard of Lord Shiva. The temple houses a 4.6 meter tall image of Nandi bull. The statue of the bull is carved out of one single boulder. It is believed that River Vishva Bharati originates from the feet of the statue. The temple was built by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century. Although non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple, they can enjoy the beauty of the Dravidian style temple architecture from outside itself. On all weekends, music concerts are organized in the temple.


This is among the most important Jain pilgrimage center in India. Shravanabelagola is a small town which is famous for the gigantic statue of Lord Bahubali. It is situated between two hills called Chandragiri and Indragiri. The statue is perched on top of Indragiri hill at an altitude of 3000 feet above sea level. From the top, one can enjoy the mesmerizing view of Shravanabelagola Town at the foot. Rising to a height of 18 m, it is the highest monolithic statue in the world. The statue of Lord Bahubali was installed in the year 988 by Chavundaraya, the minister of Rachamalla Sathyavakya of Ganga Dynasty. Number of Pilgrims reaches its highest during the 'Mahamastakabhisheka' festival. This is a Jain festival that is held every 12 years. On the day of the festival, the statue of Lord Bahubali is bathed in milk, sugarcane juice and is applied with saffron paste. At the end, the statue is showered with flowers from a helicopter. The festival was last held in the year 2006 and is next scheduled in 2018.

Rosario Cathedral

Rosario Cathedral, The Church of the most holy Rosary, is one of the oldest Churches in Karnataka. Build by Portuguese in the year 1568, Rosario Cathedral has a turbulent past. In the period between 1784 to 1799, Kanara region saw a massive use of force against Christians by Tipu Sultan as he suspected them of infidelity against him. He ordered the arrest of all Christians in the region and took them captive to Srirangapatna. He destroyed 26 of the 27 churches in the region. Rosario Cathedral was among the destroyed one. In the year 1910, the ruins of the church were flattened and construction of a new and grand church was commissioned. The Roman styled Church is situated in the Mangalore district and is easily by road.

Not many states in India are as much blessed as Karnataka. With the number of temples of the state, there are no better place for a pilgrimage. Giving you an insight into the world of divine, Karnataka lets you loose all your past, enjoy the present and look into the future.



Temples of Karnataka :

Temples of karnataka
Bull Temple Somnathpur Temples
Badami Cave Temples Mahabaleshwar Temple
Iskcon Temple Mookambika Temple


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