The Bull Temple – Pay Homage to Nandi, the Demi-God

The subcontinent of India attracts numerous tourists to its shores ranging from those who seek a peaceful vacation in Kerala or Goa to others who wish to backpack across its diverse terrain and come into contact with diverse communities, cultures and religious practices. In India, Hinduism remains the main religion with three primary traditions which consider the deities Shiva, Shakti and Vishnu as supreme. Thus, whether one visits the North or South of India, there are a number of cultural and religious attractions that will surely catch your eye. For those opting to explore Southern India while residing in a Bangalore India Hotel, the Dodda Basavana Gudi is a Hindu Temple that is worth a visit.

Also known as the Bull Temple, it is found within the Bugle Rock Park and is dedicated to Nandi, a Hindu God. Nandi refers to the bull upon which God Shiva rests and while there a numerous temples and shrines dedicated solely to God Shiva, the demi-god Nandi is also revered in many parts of India in many capacities. Nandi is believed to be the vehicle of Shiva, the gate keeper of Shiva, Chief of Shiva’s army and so on. The Dodda Ganeshana Gudi Temple is one such shrine where worshippers of Nandi flock to offer their alms and is located in south Bangalore making it an ideal place to visit for those staying at The Gateway Hotel Residency Road Bangalore.

Built in 1537 during the Vijayanagara Empire, the Bull Temple is a fairly stunning feat of architecture. Though small in structure, it is home to one of the biggest Nandi murthis in the world where the idol is around fifteen feet high and six feet long. For those who visit the Bull Temple, the Bugle Rock Garden is also worth exploring for it is quite peaceful and extremely beautiful.


Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.


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