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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, Bangalore

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is located at Bangalore in Karnataka. It is also known as the Gavippuram cave temple. The temple happens to be just a mere 3 kms from the city market. It is a perfect example of rock – cut architecture and was built from the reins of a colossal rock in the 9th century.

Lord Shiva happens to be the devoted god, though there is an idol of Agni, the Fire Lord and it boosts of one of the only temples in South India to possess such a unique feature.

In addition to this the time has the presence of the idol Agnimurthi which has seven hands, two heads and three legs. Those who worship this divinity believe that it can cure them of all their eye defects. To the left of the main entrance, there is a fabulous image of Shakti Ganapathi, with 12 hands.

In fact it is one of the few temples in Bangalore, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and thronged, by hundreds of devotees during Shivrathri. In the month of January, during the festival of Makar Sankranti thousands of devotees visit this cave temple to witness this unique phenomenon. This day happens to be a special one as the rays of the sun fall on the Shivlinga between the horns of the Nandi which happens to be vehicle of Lord Shiva and lights up the idol. The time to witness this is between 17.00 to 18.00 hours during this particular day. Devotees from nook and corner of Karnataka visit this temple on auspicious and religious important days.

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