Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, Bangalore

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This temple located in South Bangalore is a famous and interesting attraction in the city. Also known by name Gavipuram Cave Temple, it is popular for the meticulous planning in architecture, which allows sun rays to illuminate the idol in the sanctum at a certain time each year.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is a perfect example for the Indian rock-cut architecture. The temple was built during the 9th century out of a monolithic rock.

The uniqueness of the shrine. . .

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple attracts thousands of devotees on the day of Makara Sankranti in January each year, for it is on this day that the sun rays illuminate the Shivalinga inside the sanctum for about an hours time, passing amidst the horns of the Nandi sculpture that's located in front of the temple. The phenomenon indeed proves that our ancient sculptors were extremely knowledgeable in the areas of astronomy and architecture.

Apart from a shrine of Lord Shiva, the temple also houses a rare idol dedicated to the God of Fire, Agni. Today, the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Cave Temple is a monument protected under Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1961 and Karnataka Ancient and Historical Monuments.

Located very much within the city close by a locality called Basavanagudi, it is easily accessible via all modes of transport.

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