Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple (ಗವಿ ಗಂಗಾಧರೇಶ್ವರ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ) is an ancient Temple in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The ancient temple was cut out of the rock probably in the 9th century. It is a natural monolith rock formation with the beautiful temple carved out of it. It is dedicated to Bhagwan Shiv. The temple has four monolithic pillars and a rare idol of Agni, the God of fire. The temple is also famous for its mysterious stone discs in the forecourt and the exact location allowing the Sun to shine on Shiv Ling of the shrine in certain time of the year.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Has Several Idols of Hindu Gods
Mystery of Hindu Temple – Shiv Ling of Gavipuram Cave Temple, Bangalore
There are other idols inside including the idol of Agnimurthi, which has two heads, seven hands and three legs. Those worshiping this deity believe it cure one of all the eye defects.
Thousands of devotees come in middle January every year on Makar sankranti Day to the Gavi Gangadhareshwara cave temple.
This is a special day when the sunrays fall on the Sivalinga for one hour as it passes between the horns of the Nandi. Such was the knowledge of architecture and astronomy that the ancient sculptors could craft the horns of the stone bull outside the temple so that the sun’s rays would pass through its horns and light up the deity Shiva Ling inside the cave.
You can see below images how Sun is respecting Shiv Ling while beaming Sun Rays on Shiv Lingam
Sun bathes Shiv Ling with its light and pays respect to the Trikaal Darshi Mahadev.
Sun Light Paying Homage to Shiv Ling at Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Comparison of contemporary structures and earlier drawings by Thomas Daniell and William Daniell show that earlier the temple has less structures and the Sun illuminated the shrine in summer and winter solstice. Also today the Sun illuminates Shivalinga two times per year – from 13 to 16 January in late afternoons and from 26 November to 2 December.
The Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple cowers in a cave as a perfect testimony of how we in India bungle with our heritage. The fact that ‘letting our heritage be’ can go a long way in understanding our own past is yet to sink in. Subsequent reconstructions to the Gavi temple have pretty much obliterated the chance of possibly finding any written record on its walls. The new garden next to it has also dismissed any chance of seeing once again in full, the amazing phenomena that are believed to be associated with the stone discs.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple: Sun God Beam Rays on Shiv Ling with Respect In Front of Bhakts
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple Has Many Demigods in The Same Premises
The temple may also stand as an example of how Indian culture may have diluted from a sophistication of thought and expertise in certain faculties of human knowledge to the primitiveness of ritualism and superstition. As such, the temple authorities continue to be reluctant to admit the findings of the research team, probably fearing the loss of the ‘divinity’ of the temple and the ‘fan-following’ they receive for the event of January 14th.
Towards the left of main entry, there is a splendid image of Shakti Ganapathi, which has 12 hands. You will find four monolith pillars at courtyard, which symbolize Damaru, Thrishula as well as two fans.
The temple as well has a rare idol of Agni, the fire god, probably the only one of its kind in the entire South India. The Idol of Agni is two headed, seven handed as well as three legs. It is believed that worshipping this deity will get rid of all eye related problems.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is one of few temples in Bangalore dedicated to Shiva and it is visited by a large number of devotees during Makara Sankranthi and Maha Shivaratri.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple Location
How to Reach Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
The Temple is easily accessible from the city of Bangalore through local buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis.
The Actual Map