Bull Temple in Bangalore

Admire the Dravidian style architecture of the Bull Temple in Bangalore

Admire the Dravidian style architecture of the Bull Temple in Bangalore | Photo credit: Phil Whitehouse/flickr

Bull Temple Overview

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The Bull Temple or Dodda Basavana Gudi in Basavanagudi is devoted to Nandi Bull, the vahana or vehicle of Lord Shiva. Built in the 16th century in Dravidian style architecture, the temple is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore.

The temple has one of the biggest idols of Nandi in granite - measuring about 15 feet in height and 20 feet in length.

Legend has it that this temple was built to appease a bull that used to devour and destroy all the groundnuts and peanuts cultivated in this area. It is believed that after the temple was built, the bull stopped hampering the crop. To celebrate this, the farmers organised a Groundnut Fair (Kadalekai Parase) near the temple and offer groundnut to the deity. This fair is still held and attended by people from neighbouring areas.

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Bull Temple Rd, Basavanagudi, Bangalore