The Nandi Bull Temple,
The "mainroad" inside the temple compound,
with Adigugu Valmiki Ashrama in the background
The Bull Temple in
|The Bull Temple in the Basavanagudi area
(Basava=bull; Gudi=temple) is one of Bangalore's oldest temples,
situated in the oldest parts of Bangalore. It is built by Kempegowda
in the 16th century in Dravidian style. The temple is situated at a
top of a hilllock, Bugle Hill, and contains a huge granite monolith
of the Nandi bull.
The temple is especially engaging in the
weekends. Often musicians are playing up for weddings, as this is
also one of Bangalores most popular weddingplaces. It is also
possible to have Pujas performed to bless your newly bought motorcar
and other vehicles.
The annual Kadalekayi Parishe, The
Groundnut Fair takes place within the temple compound every November
and celebrates the first groundnut crop of the year. As a famous
meeting place for groundnut farmers from, not only the state of
Karnataka, but outside as well, farmers come to recieve blessings.
The whole temple area houses not only the
Bull Temple, but also a Ganapati Temple with a huge monolith
Ganapati idol that is 18ft high and 16ft wide.
Sri Valmiki Ashrama Mahasamsthana Adiguru
Peetha is also inside the templearea. Several Nagamurtis can be seen
near by the Valmiki Ashrama.
Next to the temple is the famous and very
beautiful Bugle Rock Park, created around an enormous 3000 million
years old rock. The park gets it's name from the watchtower that
stands on it built by Kempegowda. The tower was repordetly used to
warn the city dwellers of intruders, by sounding a Bugle.
|The Bull Temple is situated on Bull Temple
Road apr. 1,5km west of Lalbach Garden. Open daily 7AM to 9PM
Bull's horn marking the way to the Bull Temple, which is a
The Gopura (entrance) to the Bull Temple area
Entrance to the Nandi Bull Temple
The Nandi Bull
The huge Nandi
idol, inside the Bull Temple
The Sikhara over the Bull shrine
Stucco frieze over the entrance of the Bull Temple
Life in the temple compound
Husbands cooking tiffin (breakfast) in the open-air
Wifes and children taking tiffin ...
... and grandmother just finishing her meal
Ashram attributed one of Indias greatest saints, Valmiki
The Temple tops of the Ganapati Shrines