Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Lord Nandi Is Main Deity In This Temple - Big Bull Temple (Dodda Basavana Gudi) - Basavanagudi, Bangalore

Bull temple in Bangalore also known as Basavagudi and the temple dedicated to Nandi the Lord Shiva Vahana (carrier). The place name itself indicates a giant Bull sculptured in monolith black granite is the major attraction of the Bull temple in Bangalore. The Bull temple located in rocky area and is certainly picturesque. Other major attractions around the Bull temple are Doddaganesha temple and the beautiful Bugle Rock Garden. The Nandi idol is one of the largest single rocks curving with 15 feet height and 20 feet length.

Sri Big Bull Temple Entrance Arch
Sri Big Bull Temple Entrance Arch
Nandi Temple is exclusively for the worship of the sacred bull (Basava in Kannada) in Hinduism, known as Nandi, Lord Shiva's vahana. The word "nandi" means "joyful" in Sanskrit. The temple was built in 1537 by Kempe Gowda under the Vijayanagara empire in the Vijayanagara architectural style, he also founded the city of Bangalore. The temple is named after the large granite Nandi monolith placed on a plinth in the temple shrine (garbhagriha) which has become blackened from years of being rubbed with charcoal and oil. The temple is a small one, consisting only of the shrine fronted by a porch in the Vijayanagara style. The current tower (vimana) over the shrine was constructed in the early 20th century and is adorned with Saivite figures and motifs.

Steps Leading To Sri Big Bull Temple
Steps Leading To Sri Big Bull Temple
It is said to house one of the largest Nandi murthis in the world. The height of the murthi is approximately 15 ft (4.6 m) and it is approximately 20 feet (6.1 m) long. Dodda Basavana Gudi (the Nandhi Temple) is situated in Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi, area of South Bangalore, part of the largest city of the Indian state of Karnataka. The Hindu temple is inside a park called Bugle Rock. The bull referred to is a sacred Hindu demi-god, known as Nandi; Nandi is a close devotee and attendant of Shiva. Dodda Basavana Gudi is said to be the biggest temple to Nandi in the world. The stone cult image of Nandi is continually covered with new layers of butter, benne in the local language of Kannada. There is a cult image of the elephant-headed Hindu deity son of shiva Ganesha close by.

Sri Big Bull Temple Raja Gopuram
Sri Big Bull Temple Raja Gopuram
The temple built by Kempe Gowda, a typical example of the Dravidian-style temple, is situated in Basavanagudi. The temple has a huge monolithic bull 4.5m tall and 6m long. It is believed that the source of the river Vishwa Bharathi originates from the feet of the Nandi. The bull has a small iron plate on its head to prevent it, as tradition says, from growing. Also there is a Ganesh temple, with a large deity made of 110 kilos of butter. The deity of butter is broken up and distributed every four years. In Kannada, Basava means bull, which gives the name Basavanagudi to the locality. This is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore situated in basavanagudi dedicated to Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva. Kempe Gowda built this temple in the 16th century. The magnificent Nandi, 15 feet tall and over 20 feet long has been carved out of single granite rock. Farmers offer the first groundnuts to the sacred bull. It has a grey granite sacred bull, Nandi, after which the temple has been named. The sacred bull has been carved out of a single granite block. It measures 4.57 mt in height and 6.10 mt in length.

Sri Big Bull Temple Main Deity
Sri Big Bull Temple Main Deity

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 05:30 PM To 09:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

One of the oldest temples of Bangalore, Bull Temple is located in the area of Basavanagudi. Dedicated to the Nandi, the bull which is Lord Shiva’s ride, this temple attracts thousands of devotees from everywhere. The devotees from all over India as well as from outside Indian subcontinent visit to seek blessings of the Lord.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Big Bull Temple,
Bull Temple Road, NR Colony,
Pin Code : 560 004,
Phone : 080 26678777

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