Welcome to an adventurous trip at Shivgange in Karnataka in South India. Shivgange is the best trekking place and Hindu pilgrimage center. Shivgange is a great and beautiful mixture of greenery, religion mystery and adventure. This is popular for rock climbing. There are a lot of places to be seen on the peak such as Nandi statue, Olakal theertha, Sri Honnammdevi Temple, Ganhadhareshwara Temple, Patalganga Temple.
Shivgange is basically a small hillock, where trekking and religion come together to offer you instant weekend getaway you will be speechless to see the beautiful greenery and spring waterfall of Shivgange.
History of Shivgange
The Hoysala king, Vishnuverdhana was the owner of this place.The queen Shanthalal, wife of Vishnuverdhana was a good dancer but she was in depression because she did not give birth to a sonor heir for the kingdom, so she committed suicide in the hill, and this place is identified as Shanthala drop. During 16th century, which is in ruins. Magadi Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bengaluru, improved the Shivgange and its fort and kept a portion of his treasure in this fort.
The Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple is believed to be very ancient, built in 13th century by Hoysala King. The current structure was built during the 18th century. The shrine is a protected monument under the Karnataka Ancient and Historical Monument and archaeological sites and remains act 1962.
Belief or Myth
According to myth, the sacred mountain is shaped as Shivaling and spring flows of Ganga. This spring water is sacred water of Ganga and blessed spring water spot has been named Shivgange. An anther interesting myth or belief of Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is that anyone performed on abhisheka with Ghee, the Ghee turns into butter and has medicinal powers and can cure many ailments. Shivgange is a most religious place and Hindu pilgrimage center.
Shiv gange located in Nelamangala city in Karnataka state in the South India. It belongs to Bangalore Division. Shivgange is 804.8m height mountain peak and a Hindu Pilgrimage Centre located near Dobbespet in Bengaluru Rural District India, its 20km away from Tumkur and 54km from Bengaluru. Shiv gange hill located on Bengaluru-Tumkur road at a distance of 54km from Bengaluru and about 8km from Tumkur.
Shiv gange is also known as Dakshina Kashi. It has a monolithic black granite hill rising over 1380 m above Sea level. On the top narrow location, considerable carved a historical and steep rock statue of Nandi or Basavanna as a spellbinding sculpture. It’s have various temple and thereto such as Gangadhareshwara temple, Sri Honnammmdevi temple, Olakala thereto, Patalganga, Agsthya theertha, Kanva theertha, Kapil theertha, Sharadambe temple etc.
Major Attraction of Shiv gange
- Sri Honnammdevi Temple is inside a cave and its Devi Parvati temple.
- Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is also inside a cave. Gavi means Cave and Gangadhareshwara mean Parmeshwara (God) having Ganga on the top. There exists a secret tunnel that extends from the Sanctum Sanctorum or Garba Griha.
- PatalGanga Temple describe the meaning is underground Ganga, its water level keeps changing throughout the day. When entering in the temple ancient statues of serpents, which is Naga Devatas, gives a very ancient look.
- Olakala theertha is a temple of Nandi statue, which is one km from the base. You are lucky if you can touch the spring flowing underneath the water, when you put your hands inside the small open area under the statue.
- The Nandi statue is the highest point of the hill it is 3 km above from the base. The view is awesome from the top.
- Shantala drop is an also point to viewable. Where Queen Shantala committed suicide.
- River Kumudvathi has its origin in the Shivgange hills and it is a tributary of river Arkavati.
- Trekking is popular in Shivgange. This trek come under one-day trek category.
How to Reach Shivgange
The shivgange climate is similar as Bengaluru. Shivgange is around 54 km from ISRO HQ. There are two routes to reach the destination from Bengaluru. One is Bengaluru – Hassan route, which has less crowded. The other route is Dabbespet. Shivgange is 8 km away from Dabbespet on the way to Tumkur.
- By Air – The nearest airport is Bengaluru airport, it’s about 72km from Shiv gange. There is direct flight available to Shivgange from Bengaluru.
- By Rail – The nearest Railway station is in Dabbaspet, it’s just 8 km away from Shivgange. Gubbi is another nearest railway station about 36 km away. Bengaluru city junction is 48 km away is also a railhead and Bengaluru Majestic Railway Station also railhead and well connected.
- By Road – Shiv gange is 6 km off the main Bengaluru – Tumkur highway. KSRTC buses connect Shivgange with Dabbespet.