Bull temple was built in the 16th century by Kempe Gowda. The temple is a typical specimen of Vijayanagara architectural style. It is dedicated to Nandi, the sacred bull and Lord Shiva’s Vahana. The word Nandi means joyful in the Sanskrit language. Inside the temple there is a gigantic statue of the bull measuring 15 ft (4.6 m) in height and it is approximately 20 feet (6.1 m) in length. It was carved out of a single granite block. This bull statue is said to be one of the largest monolithic Nandi statues in the world. It is believed that the source of the river Vishwa Bharathi originates from the feet of the Nandi. Entry to the temple is free and the daily timings are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Gate of the temple:
Another gate of the temple in the form of bull horns:
Entrance of the temple:
Near the temple, there is huge 20 ft high pillar which has its base adorned with relief figures on all the sides: