Bull Temple

Bull Temple, One of the oldest and beautiful temple in Bangalore, This is almost 400+ years old temple built during the time of Kempe Gowda the founder of Bangalore.
As the name says Bull, the temple is dedicated to Bull/Nandhi/Basava the mount of Lord Shiva, The Bull/Basava measures 15 feet tall,20 feet long and also the name for the locality “Basavanagudi” has come from this temple [In kannada Basava=Bull,Gudi=Temple).

[Gopura of the temple]

[Enternce of the temple]

[Main attraction of the temple Bull/Nandhi]

Behind the Bull inside the temple there is a small Shiva mandira,Usually(to my limited knowledge) Bull/Nandhi faces towards Shiva in all the temples but here it is otherway,Do someone have a explanation to this ?

Bull temple is also considered as “Protected Ancient Monument”.

Overall visiting a Bull temple is a great experience.

6 Comments so far

  1. Just some dude (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    Pray to the bull and God will grant your wishes. You too will be hung like a bull. Then you can be literally “God’s gift to women”

  2. SHADOW (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

    JSD, You sounds like taliban.

  3. blr bytes (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

    JSD, Shadow, Bull Temple. This sounds like a Mortal Kombat conventions. Where’s Liu Kang and Scorpion?

  4. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    Enjoyed the post very much. We actually chose Dharmasthala Manjunatha Kalyana Mantap for our daughter’s wedding because it is next to the Bull Temple, and the large trees and the rocks give a great beauty to the place. Your post took me back to memories of the wedding, thank you!

  5. Sree (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

    The Bull faces the Shiva temple which is located a hundred meters or so in front of it

  6. Karthik (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

    Here are some unknown facts of bull temple.
    there was a small river in b’lore known as vrishabavati, even today it is there but the blore
    drain water has been diverted to it, the fact is that vrishabavati originates below the bull and there was a small pond beside it where we learnt swimming, now a water tank has come up there.Also kadale kayi parise which is very famous.

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