Everyone knows that Bengaluru is famous for its influx of urbanity and is popularly known as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Did you know that it has a rich cultural history dating back to the 9th century?
The modern structures of Bengaluru are harmoniously balanced with the thousands of temples you can find in the city. These beautiful monuments, big and small, are built in the traditional Dravidian architectural style.
Whether you are religious or simply interested in architecture, the temples of Bengaluru are a must-visit.
The Chokkanathaswamy Temple
The Chokkanathaswamy Temple is the oldest religious monument in Bengaluru. It was built during the Chola Dynasty era during the 10th century AD, located in present-day Domlur. Numerous Kannada and Tamil inscriptions fill this structure.
This temple was built in honor of the deity known as Chokkanathaswamy or Chokka Perumal. Chola style of architecture adorns this monument, the main attraction being the depiction of Lord Vishnu’s Dasavatharam etched onto the pillars.
Dodda Basavana Gudi / The Bull Temple
The famous Nandi temple, Dodda Basavana Gudi, was built by the former ruler of the Vijayanagara Empire in 1537. It is the biggest temple in the world that is dedicated to Nandi, a devotee of the Hindu God Lord Shiva.
The standout feature of this temple is the tall granite sculpture of Nandi. This marvel stands at a whopping 15 feet and is carved from a single rock! A highly anticipated groundnut fair is held here during the Hindu month of Karthika Masam. Locally known as the ‘Kadalekaayi Parishe’.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is an architectural wonder built during the 9th century. According to legends, this cave temple was allegedly carved out from one single rock!
The mysterious stone discs in the forecourt are what the temple is famous for. The bewildering planning of the structure allows the sun to shine on the shrine at a certain time of the year. It is a prime example of rock-cut architecture.
Kote Venkataramana Temple
Watch as the typical Dravidian and Vijayanagara architectural styles merge to form the Kote Venkataramana Temple. It was built by King Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar in 1689. This temple in Basavanagudi is the sanctum of a beautiful statue of Lord Venkataramana.
Intricate carvings and inscriptions decorate the pillars of this structure. On the walls is the enchanting visual wonderland of carved depictions illustrating the Hindu Gods Lord Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu.
Step into the rich history of this city through its temples. It’s clear that Bengaluru is a crowd-pulling tourist destination that offers the best of modern and culture-filled sights.
Next time you are in Bengaluru, don’t miss out on these amazing temples!