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There is a Nandi temple dedicated only to Nandi (Basava in Kannada meaning bull), Lord Shiva's vahana in Basavangudi a suburb of Bangalore city. It was built 1537 during the reign of Vijayanagara by the local ruler, feudatory chief named Kempe Gowda. He was the one who founded the Bangalore city. The temple being a small one, built in Dravidian style, the Nandi in the sanctum is carved from one stone - monolithic. The gopura/ tower was built in the 20th century, however the porch appears to have Vijayanagara style.
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|Nandi temple, Bangalore. The temple entrance en.wikipedia.org|
This Bull temple is now a famous venue for the famous 'Kadalekayi Parishe' (groundnut fair). Since then, the Kadalekayi Parishe has been held every year during Karthika month (November-December) and it attracts devotees from all over the state and the groundnut merchants never miss this fair. Bull temple is believed to be the source of the Vrishabhavati river. Priests say that, the spring originates at the feet of Nandi. Bull temple goes by the name of “Shri Dodda Basavanna Gudi” - abode to Nandi (bull). carved out of a single granite stone.
An interesting fact about this temple is the presence of a stone flag-mast (Dwajasthambam). Normally, the temple flag-mast is made of metal. This stone mast made out of a single block of rock is a rare one. Octagonal in shape, it stands tall in front of the temple tower. On the temple premises there are shrines dedicated to Ganesha, the elephant head God, and Lord Shiva, where a Shivalinga is present and believed to be swayambhoo or self -manifested one. As mentioned earlier, Bull temple is believed to be the source of the Vrishabhavati river.The word "nandi" means "joyful" in Sanskrit and this one is one of a kind in India and is inside the park called ''Bugle Park'' which got its name from a bugle call made atop the large rock outcrop to alert the nearby dwellers in case an enemy raid.