Thursday, 3 August 2017

Ghee Offered As Abhisheka To Lord Shiva Turns To Butter - Sri Gangadhareswara Swamy Temple - Shivagange, Bangalore

Shivagange is a mountain peak with a height of 804.8 meters or 2640.3 feet and Hindu pilgrimage centre located near Dobbaspet, in Bengaluru Rural district India. It is situated 20 km from the town of Tumkur and 54 km from Bengaluru. The sacred mountain is shaped as a shivalinga and a spring flows near locally called "Ganga", thereby by giving the place its name. It is also known as Dakshina Kashi (Kashi of the South) and place is having various temples such as Gangadhareshwara temple, Sri Honnammadevi Temple, Olakal Teertha, Nandi Statue, Patalagange, A historical rock statue of Nandi or Basavanna carved on top of a steep rock is considered as a spell binding sculpture because of its narrow location. Sharadambe temple and several theerthas such as Agasthya theertha, Kanva theertha, Kapila theertha, Pathala Gange etc. are found in this hill.

Shivagange Hill
Shivagange Hill
Sri Honnammadevi Temple is inside the cave. Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is also inside the cave. Gavi means Cave, Gangadhareshwara means Parameshwara having Gange on the top. Every year in the month of January on the day of Sankranthi festival, the marriage function of Sri Gangadhareshwara and Sri Honnammadevi (Parvathi) is conducted. At that time Ganga holy Water will come from rock at the top of hill and that holy water is used for dhare ritual(solemnise) of the Marriage function.

View Of Shivagange Hill From Top
View Of Shivagange Hill From Top
The place was under the control of Hoysala kings and the queen Shanthala, wife of Vishnuvardhana committed suicide in this hill out of depression as she did not give birth to a son and the place is identified as Shantahala drop. The hill was fortified during 16th century by Shivappa Nayaka which is in ruins. The founder of Bengaluru, Magadi Kempegowda also improved the fort and kept a portion of his treasure in this fort. A month-long cattle fair is held during Sankranthi month (around January) every year, which is a market place for bullocks. Only pilgrim centre where car festival is celebrated twice in a year. Once in January for Gangadhareshwar and again in October for Honnadevi.

Sri Gangadhareswara Swamy Temple Tank
Sri Gangadhareswara Swamy Temple Tank
An interesting miracle happens here is that when an abhisheka is performed on Shivalinga with ghee, the ghee turns to butter. Devotees can see the miracle live during abhisheka. It is said that the ghee that turns to butter has medicinal powers and can cure many ailments. According to legend there exists a secret tunnel that extends from the sanctum sanctorum (Garba Griha) of this temple to the Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple in Bengaluru, around 50 kilometre from this temple.

Sri Gangadhareswara Swamy Temple Main Shrine
Sri Gangadhareswara Swamy Temple Main Shrine
The area is a popular site for rock climbing in the Karnataka state. The entire trail to the peak is well marked and the presence of man-made steps (often carved into the rocky landscape, but sometimes made from rocks) makes the trail suitable for beginners. There are frequent rest opportunities with stalls serving food and drinks. The trekking path to reach summit from foothills is of 2.3 km in a pre-defined path, much of which is climbed towards the end of the path where the trail becomes steep and narrow - safety rails are provided in such areas. Monkeys are main inhabited fauna in the hill and it is home to many Monkeys in the region. Beware of Monkeys and Dogs, they will snatch away stuffs.

Ghee Rubbed On Shiva Linga Turns To Butter
Ghee Rubbed On Shiva Linga Turns To Butter

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM To 02:00 PM.
Evening Timings : 05:00 PM To 07:00 PM.
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

During rainy seasons the steep rocky terrain is slippery. Summers are too hot to handle. The winter season is the ideal time to visit the shrine and experience the breath taking view from the top. Shivaganga hills is an ancient religious and picnic centre situated about 60 km from Bangalore on the way to Tumkur, it has a monolithic black granite hill raising over 1380 meters above the sea level. Bangalore Bus Stand -> Nelamangala (National Highway-4) -> Left Turn on Near Dabaspet towards Shiva Gange Hills -> Follow the directions approximately 1 hours from Bangalore. Even KSRTC and Government buses and Private vehicles do go to Daabaspet and Shiva Gange Hills. Autos are available from Dobaspet to Shivagange hill.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Gangadhareswara Swamy Temple,
Shivagange,
Nelamangala,
Bangalore Rural,
Pin Code : 562 111,
Karnataka.

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