One of the most beautiful temples in Bangalore is the Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha Temple in Malleshwaram. Even though not so famous as that of Kadu Malleshwara temple, this temple holds a cultural and historical significance among the locals.
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About Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha Temple
Known for its intricate pillars, and distinctive architectural style, Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha Temple in Malleshwaram is a unique and hidden gem of Bangalore. Dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Linga, the highlight of the temple is the Nandi (Big Bull) Statue facing south. There is continuous flow of water from Nandi’s mouth that falls on to Lord Shiva.
History and Stories of Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha Temple
Dating back to at least 400 years, the temple was excavated recently in 1997. It was buried under sand for many centuries. But the book Bengalurina Itihasa written by B N Sundara Rao documents that the temple was built after Sankey Tank was built by Yele Mallappa Shetty, a merchant and philanthropist.
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- This is a religious place, so ensure to dress appropriately.
- You need to leave your footwear outside the temple before entering the premises.
- The temple is open everyday in the morning from 7:30 AM to 12 PM, and in the evening from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
- There is no entrance fee to enter the temple. You can donate some money on the arti plate or in the donation box.
- The temple is extremely crowded during the festivals dedicated to Lord Shiva like Maha Shivratri.
Notable features of Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha Temple
There are many notable features of the temple. This temple does not have a Gopuram like the other temples. It is built lower than the normal ground level and there is a temple tank inside the temple itself.
As I mentioned earlier, the most notable feature of the temple is the Nandi Statue that sits facing south above Lord Shiva. Usually Nandi who is Shiva’s vahana (vehicle) is placed in front of Shiva in most temples. There is continuous flow of water (24/7) from Nandi’s mouth that falls on the head of Shiva Linga. It is believed that the water comes from the closest lake Sankey Tank.
The other beautiful feature is the Navagraha representing the nine celestial bodies. These Navagraha are black in colour and each of them is as beautiful as the other. Surya occupying the central place with all the other planets and moon around it.
How to get to Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha Temple?
The closest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport. And the distance between the airport and temple is around 30 kilometers. You can either take an airport bus or a taxi from the airport.
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The temple is just around 5 kilometres from Bangalore General Post Office (GPO) and the journey by road takes only 20 minutes. There are plenty of parking spaces (free and street) at the temple.
By Public Transport
The closest metro station to the temple is Mantri Square metro station. This metro station is around 1.5 kilometres from the temple. For transportation in Bangalore between these metro stations, you can consider auto rickshaws. They usually are just outside the metro station which you can hail or you can walk to the temple as well.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha Temple
Q: Where is Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha temple located?
Q: What is the history of Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha temple?
The temple is said to have a history of more than 400 years but it was a victim of urbanisation. It was buried under sand till recently when it was excavated in 1997.
Q: Which metro station is near to Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha temple?
Mantri Square is the closest metro station and it is around 1.5 kilometres from the temple. You can either take an auto rickshaw that costs minimum or walk to the temple.
Q: What are the timings of Dakshinamukha Nandi Teertha temple?
The temple is open everyday between 7:30 AM and 12 PM, and between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM.
Q: What are the other beautiful temples that you can visit in Bangalore?
Even though Bangalore is an IT capital and very modern, it has retained its religious and cultural significance. There are many temples that you can visit such as Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple and Kadu Malleshwara temple.
The temple is surely one of the most beautiful and interesting temples in Bangalore. The surroundings is so peaceful and serene. You can spend an hour or so just sitting on the steps in front of Lord Shiva meditating.
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