Gavipura Sri Gavi gangadhareswara swamy temple :

God and Godess :

  • Gavi Gangadhareswara swamy
  • Parvathi devi
  • Gangadevi
  • Saptamatrikas

Location :

Bangalore Gavi Gangadhareshwra Swamy Temple,
Gavipura, Kempegowda Nagar, Bengaluru / Bangalur city,
Bangalore urban district – 560019,
Karnataka.

Timings :

06:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Temple History :

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is a famous ancient cave temple located in Hulimavu, Bannerghatta Road in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The temple is renowned due to a significant and almost magical phenomenon that occurs in the temple every year on a particular day in the month of January. Apart from the wonderful phenomenon, the temple also stands as a glaring example of the marvelous Indian rock-cut architecture.The temple is also known as Gavipuram Cave Temple. It is dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. The temple is unique from all other temples of Karnataka due to the presence of two huge discs in the foreground of the shrine.The inner sanctum of the temple has a tall Shivalinga. Another major attraction of the temple is the presence of a rare idol of Agni, the God of fire. The figure has two heads, seven hands, and three legs. It is perhaps the only temple in South India that has such an idol. The temple has a wonderful sculpture of Nandi (a bull), Shiva’s mount. A beautiful image of Shakti Ganapathi with 12 hands adorns the left side of the main entrance to the temple.The shrine is a protected structure under the Karnataka Ancient and Historical Monuments, and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1961. Every year it attracts thousands of devotees during the astronomical phenomenon and the festival of Shivaratri.

The history of the temple dates back to the 9th century. It is believed that the temple was cut out of a rock in the 9th century. It was used by the great sage Gowthama to perform penance. Later in the 16th century, Kempegowda I, the founder of Bangalore, revamped and extended the temple.According to local legend, Kempegowda was imprisoned by Rama Raya. He suffered imprisonment for five years. When he was released, he constructed this temple to show his gratitude.Artistic depiction of the temple is found in the painting of the British artist James Hunter in 1792.The Gavipuram Cave Temple is an architectural wonder in itself. The temple was cut out from a natural monolith rock. The inner sanctum of the temple is situated inside a cave carved out in the rock. The main attraction of the temple is the granite pillars situated in the forecourt of the temple. Two of the pillars support huge discs that represent the sun and the moon. The other two pillars have a trident (Trishul) and a two-headed drum (Damru), representing the two significant possessions of Lord Shiva. But the main architectural significance associated with the temple is the creation of the cave temple and the placement of the stone discs in such a manner that they allow the sun to illuminate the Shivalinga for just one hour every year.

Festivals :

  • Shivarathri
  • Dasara
  • Karthika Pournami

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archana
  • Abhisheka
  • Ksheerabhisheka
  • Bilvarchana

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Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Bangalore(kempegowda busstation) – 5.00 km
  • Hosakote – 31.00 km
  • Malur – 52.00 km
  • Magadi – 62.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Banglore Jn – 4.00 km
  • Yeswanthpur – 11.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore – 38.00 km
  • Tirupati Airport,Renigunta – 273.00 km

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