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Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple, Shivagange

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Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva, was constructed by Kempe Gowda, considered to be the founder of Bangalore. The temple enshrines a rare idol of the Hindu god of fire, Agni, along with 33 other idols. This unique cave, naturally carved out of a monolith, is popular for its structural design which incorporates a blend of Vastukala and astrology.

On the day of the annual Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti, the sun's rays enter the temple between the horns of the idol of Nandi, the bull considered as the vehicle of Shiva, and illuminate the idol of Shiva. Devotees flock to the temple during this time to witness this extraordinary event. Visitors can enter the temple anytime between 7 am to 12:30 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm.

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