Bull temple is a very popular temple located in Basavangudi which attracts thousands of tourists each year. Not only the people of Bangalore, but also foreign nationals think highly of this temple, as it holds a very special meaning for them. It is a preferred destination of many tourists from around the globe, especially the ones who are temple lovers.

The typical Dravidian architecture based construction glorifies the beauty of the place. The temple has been constructed in 16th century under the supervision of Kempe Gowda, who is also known to be the founder of Bangalore City. Everyday, this magnificent temple is visited by hundreds of devotees.

Discovering the Whereabouts of Bull temple

As this is one of the oldest temples in the City of Bangalore, the Bull Temple is believed to be dedicated to the sacred bull “Nandi”, who served as gatekeeper and mount of Lord Shiva.

So, the spiritual nature and the beautiful architecture of this place make this a perfect place for tourist attraction.

The most astonishing thing about the temple is that the idol of “Nandi” has actually been made from single granite. Most tourists have this temple in their must-visit list when they travel to India, just to have a look at this piece of marvelous black granite.

There might be several books or people that might have spread the name of this temple, but to actually look it, it is far away from one’s imagination. Most of the tourists admire this temple and love to hear the history of this temple.

Story behind the Scene

As this temple is believed to be dedicated to a bull, many people think that the story behind the construction of this temple is related to a bull living nearby to the temple. As per the collective thoughts, the site was used for cultivation of groundnuts by the local farmers.

Deven Hegde, a local resident at Basavangudi says, “As per my knowledge of the history of this place, there was a bull (Basava in Kannada), who used to crush the crops of the farmers who cultivated groundnuts on this land.” Therefore, the farmers tried to make a deal with the Bull and reached to an agreement that the farmers will dedicate a particular day for the Bull, on which day the Kadalekai Parishe or Groundnut festival is being celebrated, and the Bull will stop the crushing of their cultivated farmlands.” This is what was believed to be the reason why Bull temple is decorated for the celebrations of Groundnut festival. You should hire a car in Bangalore or drive down for this festival, as it is considered very auspicious.

This particular day is of great value for the people living in that area, and they make grand arrangements for the celebrations of Groundnut festival. A large number of devotees from different parts of Bangalore gather and participate in this festival, which is celebrated with great devotion.

Several farmers from the places around Bangalore participate in the celebrations of Groundnut festival each year specifically to sell their own cultivated groundnuts out here, in an effort to show their conviction in Lord Shiva and the Nandi Bull. This festive time is the main time of the year which witnesses most of the tourists and visitors from all around the world. It is quite convenient to hire a cab in Bangalore to visit the Bull Temple. Any good car agency in Bangalore should be able to offer their services for reasonable prices. 

S. Vivekananda is the founder and Managing Partner of India Rent a Car, which is a subsidiary of Guru Tours & Travels. For more information please visit our website: http://www.indiarentacar.in

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