Bull temple (Nandi Temple), Bangalore

The legent about the Bull Temple in Bangalore, the attractions of the temple, details of location & Timing to visit.

The famous ' Bull Temple ' is located in Basavangudi, Bangalore district of Karnataka. The Temple is also known as ' Nandi Temple' as a giant statue of Nandi (The bull which is the mount of Lord Shiva) has been found here. This amazingly big statue is carved from a single granite rock and is 4.57m tall and 6.1 m long. The temple around the statue is built by Kempe Gowda in Dravidian style of architecture.

There is no entrance fee to this temple. It will be open for visitors from 6 am to 8 pm.

How to Reach:

From Bangalore City Bus Stand - 7 Kms.
From Bangalore Railway station - 7 Kms.
From Bangalore International Airport - 60 Kms.

The legend behind the Bull statue:

A bull had been gazing & spoiling the groundnuts cultivated in the surrounding areas. The furious farmer once hit the bull with a club. Suddenly, the bull transformed into a stone. The farmers frightened to see the statue growing. They prayed to Lord Shiva and had been advised to place a trident on the bull's forehead. It is believed that the bull stopped growing then. As a symbol of their gratitude, the farmers in this area offer their first crop of groundnut to the bull every year(Usually, in Nov/Dec). This great celebration is known as 'Kadelekai Parishe' (Groundnut fair).

Even though, there is no historical evidence for all these incidents, the statue of the giant bull with trident on the forehead attracts a large number of tourists & devotees.

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