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In Pictures: The mighty Bull Temple at Basavanagudi

The Bull Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore dedicated to Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva.

Bull Temple is one of the oldest temples in BangaloreBull Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore Photos: Bhaktar Babu

The Bull temple is dedicated to Nandi,
the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva, located at Basavanagudi, it is one of the major tourist attractions in the city. Thousands of devotees and tourists throng this place to offer their prayers to the Nandi, this temple has been built in the Dravidian style of architecture. Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, got the Bull temple built during his time. This temple counts amongst the oldest temples of the city and draws devotees from all over the country.  There is huge idol of Nandi Bull inside the temple, measuring 4.5 m in height and 6.5 m in length.

This idol is said to have been carved out of a single rock. The bull also has a small iron plate on its head. As per the tradition, this plate prevents the bull from growing. Providing a great backdrop to the statue are the idols of God Surya and Goddess Chandra, on their chariots. It is believed that the Vishva Bharti River originates at the feet of this statue.

The legend goes that the Bull Temple was built to appease a bull that used to consume and destroy all the groundnuts and peanuts cultivated in this area. It is also said that after the temple was built, the bull stopped damaging the crop. As a celebration of this incident, the farmers of Basavanagudi organized a Groundnut Fair (Kadalekai Parishe), near the temple.

This fair continues till date and is attended by the people of Bangalore in large numbers. The place is one of the much favored destinations when it comes for some temple hopping in the city.  Constructed in a typical Dravidian architecture, the place depicts the glorious example of the extravagant temples that one can see in the country. But that’s not all, the fact that the idol has actually been carved out of a single granite block adds a whole new aura to this place.
Entry to the temple is free and the daily timings are from 6a.m. to 8 p.m. The temple is located at Basavanagudi. 

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