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Sunrays on Shivling at Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple on Makar Sankranti Day

On Makar Sankranti day a unique phenomenon takes place at the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple located near Bangalore. The sunlight passes in between the horns of Nandi and then falls on the Shivling in the sanctum sanctorum of Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple.

This unique phenomenon takes place only on Makar Sankranti day.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is believed to have been established in the Treta Yuga by Rishi Gautam and Rishi Bharadwaj. The belief is that Surya Bhagvan (Sun God) takes the permission of Shiva before entering the Uttarayan period or his Northern Journey. On Uttarayana Punyakalam, the rays of the sun pass between the horns of Nandi and falls on the Shivling, to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is also known as the Gavipuram Cave Temple. The temple is cut out of a monolithic rock and is more than 1000 years old.

The temple is also noted 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.

Astronomical Importance of Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple