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Dodda Ganesha Temple is situated in basavanagudi south Bangalore area of Bangalore city which is one of the old temples of Lord Ganesha. the elephant-headed god who is worshipped first or at the outset of any religious service and who removes obstacles. Dodda Ganesha Temple You can see One of the biggest idols of Lord Ganesha in Karnataka. The legend of Doda Ganesha name is ‘Dodda’ in the Kannada language means big, relating to ‘Big Ganesha’. The huge Ganesha of this popular temple is 18 ft tall in height and 16 ft wide. The Dodda Ganesha Temple is also known as Shakthi Ganapathi and Satya Ganapathi. It is usually believed that the idol of Dodda Ganesha Temple at Basavanagudi is growing on its right side.
This temple is also known for its Ganesha festival which attracts visitors from everywhere. During the festival which goes on for a week, the idol of Lord Ganesh is decorated in different ways. The most captivating one is Benne Alankara where the idol is smeared with a whopping 100 kg of butter. Sometimes, even dry grapes and almonds are also fixed on the butter layer. A significant aspect of this alankara (decoration) is that in spite of the warmth inside the garbha gruha (sanctum sanctorum), the butter does not melt. Vegetable decorations are also done using almost all the vegetables available in the market.
Basavanagudi was constructed by Kempegowda I, the founder of Bangalore. Once upon a time while he was strolling, he found a number of rocks and one of the boulders had a shape of Ganesha engraved on them. Kempegowda, therefore, ordered his sculptors to convert the shape into a massive as well as a fantastic single stone idol of Lord Ganesha.
Just behind the Dodda Ganesa temple is the Bugle Rock Garden. The intriguing nomenclature of this sprawling flower garden can be attributed to a bugle call siren made at the summit of the tallest rock formation before the area was converted to a garden to intimate the nearby dwellers.
Pilgrims and visitors can visit the temple from 6:30 AM are to 01:00 PM in the afternoon while the temple reopens at 4:30 PM before closing for the day at 8.00 pm every day.
|January to December|
|Monday||6:30 AM to 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM|
|Tuesday||6:30 AM to 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM|
|Wednesday||6:30 AM to 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM|
|Thursday||6:30 AM to 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM|
|Friday||6:30 AM to 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM|
|Saturday||6:30 AM to 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM|
|Sunday||6:30 AM to 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM|
|Last Admission||Morning 1:00 PM Evening 8:00 PM|
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