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Ghati Subramanya Swamy Temple – An Architectural wonder

Ghati Subramanya swamy temple

Shri Ghati Subramanya Swamy Temple is located near Tubagere in Doddaballapura near Bengaluru. It is a unique temple in many aspects. The temple, also known for snake worship, is a rare temple where Lord Subramanya and Lord Narasimha are worshipped together. The temple is open throughout the year and attracts thousands of devotees daily.

Shri Ghati Subramanya Swamy temple in Karnataka
Entrance to Shri Ghati Subramanya Swamy temple

The Intriguing History Of Ghati Subramanya Temple

There are many temples of Lord Subramanya, also known as Lord Karthikeya, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, in the South. The Shri Ghati Subramanya Swamy Temple is perhaps the only one where Subramanya and Narasimha exist together. The temple is over 600 years old. The belief is that the Ghorpade rulers of Sandur built the temple. The idol, ‘swayambhu’ or self-manifested’ was unearthed after the Lord instructed the king, in his dreams, to do so.

Fascinating Facts Of The Temple

The main entrance of the Temple
Shri Ghati Subramanya Swamy Temple in Karnataka

Installing snake idols is a prime ritual of the temple. As a result, you will find thousands of such idols in the temple premises.

The temple is known for a special pooja believed to bless childless couples with children.

The field near the temple witnesses a cattle fair every December. Thousands of farmers from all parts of the country attend the festival.

Like most of the South India temples, Ghati Subramanya Temple offers free lunch to all its devotees, referred to as ‘Nithya Annadhanam.’

Subramanya swamy temple's deity
The deity in Shri Ghati Subramanya Swamy  temple


The temple structure, built in Dravidian style, has the outer structure replete with small sculptures from mythology and looks colourful. Both idols in Ghati Subramanya Swamy Temple Karnataka are carved from the same stone. Lord Subramanya faces east and Lord Narasimha to the west. A mirror, strategically placed behind the Subramanya idol, helps the devotees see both the deities at the same time. There are also idols of Vasuki, the king of serpents and Adi Shesha in the temple. A huge single pillar called as ‘Garuda Stambha’ stands in the middle of the main temple premise.

Popular Legends

As per a legend in Sthala Purana, Lord Subramanya once was performing penance in the mountain ranges of Ghati in the form of a snake. He prayed to Lord Narasimha to protect the snake clan from Garuda. Known to be a nemesis of snakes, the Garuda is also the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. Another legend says that the name of the temple comes from the killing of Ghatikasura, a demon harassing the saints in the region.

Gopuram of shri ghati subramanya swamy temple
shri ghati subramanya swamy temple’s well crafted gopuram.

How To Reach

Shri Ghati Subramanya Swamy Temple is located at a distance of around 60 km from Bengaluru, the state capital. You will need to take the Doddaballapura route to reach the temple. The nearest airport is Bengaluru airport. The nearest railway station is Oddarahalli Railway station, located around 8.2 km away.  Buses are available from all parts of the state to the Ghati.

Best Time To Visit Ghati Subramanya Swamy Temple

shri ghati subramanya swamy temple's snake idols
Snake idols at Shri Ghati Subramanya Swamy temple

The best period to visit the temple is from November to January as the temple holds many festivals during the period. One of the major celebrations is during the Narasimha Jayanthi, held in the month of May. Another popular festival is Nagara Panchami celebrated in August. The most famous festival of the temple is the Brahma Rathotsava in the month of December.
Ghati Subramanya Swamy Temple timings are from 7.30 am-8.30 pm, while Ghati Subramanya Swamy Temple’s pooja timings are from 8.30 am to 9.30 am. The temple closes by 8.30 pm.

Best Hotels Near The Ghati Subramanya Swamy Temple

At Ghati, you may not find too many accommodation facilities. The Yatri Nivas at the temple premises is convenient as well as affordable. There are different types of rooms that are neat and comfortable. Some of the other popular hotels near the temple include The Sai Leela Hotel, The Senate, Silver Oak Resort, Angsana Oasis Spa and Resort, The Windflower Prakruthi Bangalore, and Breeze Suites\.

A view of the temple structure at night
Shri Ghati Subramanya Swamy temple at night

The Near-by Attractions You Must Not Miss

There are also many temples in the neighbouring areas worth visiting, including the Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple at 43.8 km and the Yoga Bhoga Nandishwara Temple at 27. 5 km. The picturesque Hebbal Lake is another attraction. The majestic Nandi Hills is a must-visit. Another popular place situated at 36 km is Nrityagrama or dance village founded by Protima Bedi, the renowned Odissi dancer.

A visit to Ghati Subramanya Temple is not only soul-satisfying but it also lends a peek into glorious traditions. The temple is open throughout the year from morning till night. There is no dress code as such, but traditional attire may be preferred. You can also book poojas after reaching the temple. Spend some time soaking in the atmosphere and nature while at the temple. It is an experience you will carry with you for a long time.

Ghati Subramanya Temple