The Bull Temple or Nandi Temple or Dodda Basavana Gudi is one of the most notable and oldest temples in Bangalore. This temple is dedicated to Nandi, the sacred bull who is worshiped as a Hindu demigod and the Vahana of Lord Shiva. The main attraction here is a colossal statue of Nandi carved from a granite monolith.
Sri Basavanagudi Temple was Constructed in 1537 by Kempe Gowda I in Vijayanagara style Architectural Style. The Material Used for the Statue is Granite and the dimensions are 15 feet (height) and 21 feet (length). Photography and Videography are allowed and entry is free in this Nandi temple. Traditional dress is allowed for Darshan.
Bangalore Nandi Temple Timings:
Morning: 6:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Evening: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Bangalore Nandi Temple History:
According to legend, Bull grazed daily in the peanut fields. One day the farmer saw the bull grazing in the field and hit it with the stick. The bull then became the statue and began to grow. The farmer prayed for Lord Shiva who appeared in his dreams and advised him to place the trident on the bull’s head. The trident is clearly visible when visiting the temple. From then on, the farmers celebrated the peanut festival to appease Bull.
How to reach Bangalore Bull Temple:
The nearest airport is in Bengaluru which is 39 km away.
Direct train is available from major parts of India to Bengaluru. From the Railway station, the temple is 5.6 km away.
Temple is located close to N.R.Colony. Temple can be reached by Bus from Majestic to N.R.Colony / Srinagar / Thyagaraja Nagar.