Bull Temple Bangalore

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The Bull temple of Bangalore is dedicated to Nandi Bull, the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva. Situated in Basavanagudi, this temple has been built in the Dravidian style of architecture. Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, got the Bull temple built during his time. This temple counts amongst the oldest temples of the city and draws devotees from all over the country. Read on to know more about the Bull Temple of Bangalore, India.


There is huge idol of Nandi Bull inside the temple, measuring 4.5 m in height and 6.5 m in length. This idol is said to have been carved out of a single rock. The bull also has a small iron plate on its head. As per the tradition, this plate prevents the bull from growing. Providing a great backdrop to the statue are the idols of God Surya and Goddess Chandra, on their chariots. It is believed that the Vishva Bharti River originates at the feet of this statue.


The legend goes that the Bull Temple was built to appease a bull that used to consume and destroy all the groundnuts and peanuts cultivated in this area. It is also said that after the temple was built, the bull stopped damaging the crop. As a celebration of this incident, the farmers of Basavanagudi organized a Groundnut Fair (Kadalekai Parase), near the temple. This fair continues till date and is attended by the people of Bangalore in large numbers.


Bull Temple observes a Kadalekaye Parishe (Groundnut Fair) every year. It is held in the month of November or December. In the ceremony, the farmers offer their first harvest of groundnut to Nandi. It is kind of farmer's appreciation and gratitude towards the Bull, Nandi. The sheer size of the Bull attracts people from far and near to this shrine of religious significance.

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  • Calm religious place with impressive Nandi statue
    May 03,2014
    Few months ago one of my client visited us in Bangalore from US. As he was interested in visiting places of religious and historic importance, I tool him for sight seeing in Bangalore and Mysore. During this trip, we visited this temple in Basavangudi. For me also it was first trip to this temple. ... 
  • Simply beautiful
    Mar 21,2014
    We were at Basvangudi to attend a wedding and there are quite a few temples here. One of the more popular ones is Dodda Ganapathi. And in the vicinity of this temple is the Bull temple. There is a huge statue of Nandi(lord Shiva's vahana), carved of a single stone. I hear that its over 500 years old... 
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