Temple in news: Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Art & Architecture
- Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple in Gavipuram was in news recently.
- For the first time in 50 years, sun’s rays didn’t fall on idol on Sankranti day.
Important value additions
- Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is also known as Gavipuram Cave Temple.
- It is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture.
- This cave temple is dedicated to Shiva and cut into a monolithic stone.
- It is located in Bangalore, Karnataka.
- It was built in the 16th century by Kempe Gowda I, the founder of the city.
- The temple is famous for its mysterious stone discs in the forecourt and the exact planning allowing the sun to shine on shrine in certain time of the year.
- Lakhs of devotees come in mid January every year on Makar sankranti Day to this temple.
- This is a special day when the sun’s rays fall on the Shivalinga for one hour as it passes between the horns of the Nandi.