May 3, 2016

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

Site Name: Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple 
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Gavipuram area, Bangalore, Karnataka state, India
Highlights: One of the oldest temples of Bangalore city
Nearest Railway Station: Bangalore
Nearest Airport: Bangalore
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air
Hotel: A lot of options including luxurious and budget hotels all over the city
Restaurants: A lot of options across the entire city

Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, is the capital city of Karnataka state of India. It is called as the 'Silicon Valley of India' as all IT majors have presence in the city. Bangalore is known for its pleasant climate has a lot of tourist attractions which include parks, gardens, temples, etc. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, which is located at Gavipuram area is one of the oldest temples of Bangalore city. Let us discuss about this temple in this article.

Legend:

It is believed that the sages Gautama and Bharadwaja had performed penance towards Lord Shiva in this site.

History:


It is believed that this cave temple was constructed in the 9th century CE. (I doubt if there are records to prove that). 

In the 16th century CE, Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore city, revamped and extended this temple. It is said that after getting released from the imprisonment of five years by Rama Raya, he built this temple.


Temple Layout:



It is a cave temple. The main deity is Lord Shvia, who is called as Gangadhareshwara in this temple. He is in the form of Shiv Linga. 

There are few more idols found inside the cave shrine. The notable one is the idol of Agni, who is found with two heads, three legs and seven hands. It is a rare form of Agni. The idol of Shanti Ganapati with twelve arms is also impressive. Some of the other idols found in the cave include Durga, Parvati, Sapta Matrikas, Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. 

The four big granite pillars erected in the courtyard are the highlights of this temple. Two pillars support two discs that represent Sun and Moon. One pillar has the image of trident and the last one has damaru. Including these four pillars, there are totally 14 pillars in the courtyard that are built as per the Vijayanagara architecture style.

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