Bull Temple Bangalore (India)
The Bull Temple, also known as Nandi Temple, is one of the oldest temples in the city of Bengaluru. The temple is popularly called as 'Dodda Basavana Gudi' by the locals and is the biggest temple dedicated to Nandi in the world. Nandi, the bull, is the mount or 'vahana' of Lord Shiva and the guardian deity of Lord Shiva's abode, Kailashagiri; according to Hindu traditions. This temple is every Shiva devotee's must-visit destination because Nandi holds great importance to Lord Shiva. The architectural style of the Bull Temple is mainly Dravidian and was constructed by Kempe Gowda. It is believed that the origin of the river Vrishabhavati is at the feet of Nandi. The entire sculpture of the bull is carved out of one single granite rock. The statue is 4.5 meters high and 6.5 meters long. Coconut oil, butter and 'benne' are regularly applied to this statue. This had led to the originally grey statue to turn black.
Bugle Hill, Bull Temple Rd, Basavangudi, Bengaluru 560004, India Suggested duration: 1-2 hrs
Open and Closing Time
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Entry Fee: Entry Fee: No entry fee The temple remains open every day from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM including public holidays. No entrance fees are charged for devotees who wish to offer prayers to this powerful deity.
Best Time to Visit
Sept - Feb
Near By Attraction
Bull Temple Bangalore Tours and More Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple Hotels available near by Nandi Temple
Distance between Nandi Temple and Bangalore Railway Station is 2.5 miles or 2.2 nautical miles Distance between Majestic Bus Stand and Bull Temple Road is 1.9 miles or 1.6 nautical miles
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Interesting facts about Nandi Temple
The area in which the Bull temple is constructed was very fertile for growing rice, peanuts and groundnuts. The rich cultivation of these products was the source of living for the many farmers who had fields here. However, during harvesting season, a mighty bull would rampage through the fields and consume the produce of groundnuts. The farmers were terrified of the bull but also tired of the constant damage it was causing. One evening, all the farmers gathered together to fight the bull when it arrived. A farmer, in his adrenaline rush, hit the bull on the head with a stick. Instead of running or panicking, the bull sat down still and turned into a statue! However, the statue started growing day by day. Intimidated by this, the villagers prayed to Lord Shiva to help them with his. Lord Shiva placed a metal plate on the head of the bull, and since then, the statue stopped growing. On the premises of the Bull Temple, there is also a beautiful temple of Ganesh, the beloved son of Lord Shiva. An interesting fact about this temple is that the statue of Lord Ganesh is made entirely of butter! It takes about 110 kilos of butter to make this artistic statue, and a new statue is made every four years. What is really astonishing and noteworthy is that in the four-year tenure of each butter sculpture, the butter doesn't melt or change shape even once. The butter that makes the statue of the deity is then distributed to the devotees as prasad. A very virtuous sage Shilada, who was a doting devotee of Lord Shiva, was troubled because he couldn't conceive a child. Finally, Shilada decided to immerse himself in the prayers of Lord Shiva till the Lord grants him his wish for a child. Pleased by the sage's grit and devotion, Lord Shiva granted him his wish to father a child. The next day, sage Shilada found his beautiful baby boy in the middle of a groundnut field. He named him Nandi and raised his son to be a doted devotee of Lord Shiva. Nandi was always taught to place his faith in the great Lord Shiva.