Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
A Trident of Lord Shiva outside the Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple at Bangalore.
A Trident of Lord Shiva outside the Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple at Bangalore.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is located in Bengaluru
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Location within Bangalore
Other names Gavipuram Cave Temple
Kannada ಗವಿ ಗಂಗಾಧರೇಶ್ವರ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ
Coordinates 12°56′53.5″N 77°33′46.8″E / 12.948194°N 77.563000°E / 12.948194; 77.563000Coordinates: 12°56′53.5″N 77°33′46.8″E / 12.948194°N 77.563000°E / 12.948194; 77.563000
Country India
State Karnataka
District Bangalore
Locale Gavipuram
Primary deity Shiva as Gavi Gangadhareshwara
Important festivals Maha Shivaratri, Makara Sankranti
Architectural styles Indian rock-cut architecture
History and governance
Date built 9th century AD

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple (ಗವಿ ಗಂಗಾಧರೇಶ್ವರ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ) also Gavipuram Cave Temple, an example of Indian rock-cut architecture, is located in Bangalore in the state of Karnataka in India. The temple is famous for its mysterious stone discs in the forecourt and the exact planning allowing the Sun to shine on shrine in certain time of the year.


The ancient temple was cut out of a monolithic rock probably in the 9th century.[citation needed] It is dedicated to Lord Shiva.The Deity in the main shrine is Shivalinga, in the front of the temple there is also Nandi sculpture. The temple contains also a rare idol of Agni, the God of fire.

There are other idols inside including the idol of Agnimurthi, which has two heads, seven hands and three legs. Those worshipping this deity believe it will cure one of all eye defects.

This is one of few temples in Bangalore dedicated to Shiva and is visited by hundreds of devotees during Shivaratri.[1]

Illumination of shrine by the Sun[edit]

Thousands of devotees come in middle January every year on Makar sankranti Day to this cave temple. This is a special day when the sunrays fall on the Sivalinga for one hour as it passes between the horns of the Nandi. Such was the knowledge of architecture and astronomy that the ancient sculptors could craft the horns of the stone bull outside the temple so that the sun's rays would pass through its horns and light up the deity Shiva Linga inside the cave.[2] Comparison of contemporary structures and earlier drawings by Thomas Daniell and William Daniell show that earlier the temple has less structures and the Sun illuminated the shrine in summer and winter solstice.[3] Also today the Sun illuminates Shivalinga two times per year - from 13 to 16 January in late afternoons and from 26 November to 2 December.[4]

Protected temple[edit]

The temple shrine is a protected monument under the Karnataka Ancient and Historical Monuments, and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1961.[5] and many more temples which are of great importance for the Indian culture



  1. ^ "Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple at Bangalore(Karnataka)". Retrieved 2006-09-13. 
  2. ^ "About Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple". Retrieved 2006-09-13. 
  3. ^ "Astronomical Significance of the Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple in Bangalore" (PDF). Current Science, Vol.95, No. 11, 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Gavi Gangadhareshwara - rock cut Hindu temple". Wondermondo. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, Bangalore". 

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