The history of the temple dates back to 9th century. It is believed that this temple was carved out of rock in 9th century. It was set up by the great sage Gowthama to perform penance. Later in the 16th century, Kempegowda I, the founder of Bangalore, revamped and extended this temple.
According to local legend, Kempegowda was imprisoned by Rama Raya. He suffered imprisonment for five years. When he was released, he constructed this temple to show his gratitude to Lord Shiva. Artistic depiction of the temple is found in the painting of the British artist James Hunter in 1792.
The Lord Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is considered to be miraculous as the devotee who looks at Lord Agni at the temple is believed to be cured of all eye sight problems. Another myth related to the temple is that there are two channels going through the sanctum. One of the tunnels extends to the city of Varanasi while the other is directed towards the Gangadhareshwra temple, which is situated at the Shivagange Hilltop, approximately 50 kilometers from the Gavi Gangadhareshwra Temple.
It is also believed that Lord Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple was previously known as Gowthama Kshethra, as the saint is said to have performed penance here. This Lord Sivalingam represents the monolithic style of architecture.
There are numerous sculptures within the cave temple. The temple yard houses the Damaruga, which is the drum, the large sun and moon discs and idol of Nandi, vahana of Lord Shiva.
The long passage of the temple is adorned with sculptures of Saptamatrika, Sri Devi and Bhudevi. Moreover, it is one of the rare temples of Bangalore, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
One more scientific finding is that SUN RAYS directly appears on the Pedestal moving up wards on the day of Makara Sankranti or 14th January every year during sunset even though the Lord Shiva idol is inside the cave , this phenomenon is very unique and is an marvel un explained till date on how this is possible for sun rays to enter the sanctum Santorum of this Cave temple.
There are numerous beliefs and myths associated with this temple. It is believed devotees who worships the idol of Agni (the God of fire) situated inside the temple will be cured of all their eye defects.
Devotees also believe that there are two tunnels which extend from the inner sanctum of this temple. One of them proceeds towards the city of Varanasi in the northern part of India. The other extends up to another temple of Shiva with the same name, the Gangadhareshwara temple, located on the hill of Shivagange 50 Kms from this temple.
The temple is associated with miraculous phenomenon. On Makara Sankranti day, Sun rays passes through two windows of the temple and through the horns of Nandi inside the temple and falls on Shivalinga.
The Lord Shiva Lignum represents the monolithic style of architecture. The sculpture of Lord Agni is also unique, believed to be only one of its kind in entire South India.
There are numerous sculptures within the cave temple. The temple yard houses the Damaruga, that is, a drum, the large sun and moon discs and idol of Nandi, vahana of Lord Shiva. The long passage of the temple is adorned with sculptures of Saptamatrika and Goddess Sri Devi and Bhudevi.
There are lots of beliefs and myths associated with the temple. It is believed that anyone who worships the idol of Agni (the God of fire) situated inside the temple will be cured of all their eye defects.
On Makara Sankranthi day, Sun rays passes through two windows of the temple and through the horns of Nandi inside the temple and falls on Shivalinga. During this event Abhisheka is performed to Lord Shiva while sun light falls on this Idol.
Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Swamy Temple
Gavipura, Kempegowda Nagar,
Pincode : 560019
The temple is located in Gavipuram of Kempegowda Nagar and is around 5kms distant from Bangalore City Railway Station
By Road :
There are local buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws that can be hired to reach the Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple from any part of Bangalore.
By Rail :
The Nearest is Bangalore Raiway Station.
By Air :
The Nearest is Bangalore International Airport is 39 kms.
Though there is no facility of lunch or dinner at the temple, devotees are offered ‘prasada’ after worship of God. The prasada is offered both in the morning and evening and constitutes mainly flowers, Fruits & Coconut.