Jan. 16, 2021

Clouds played spoilsport while citizens celebrated Sankranti by blocking the Sun’s rays from falling on the Shiva Linga at the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple in Gavipuram. For the first time in 50 years, sun’s rays didn’t fall on idol on Sankranti day.


  • 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 cave temple. This is a special day when the sunrays fall on the Shivalinga for one hour as it passes between the horns of the Nandi.

Source : The Hindu