History

Ghati Subramanya Temple is ancient in its origin and dates back to the Dravidian period and is also constructed in Dravidian tradition. Apart from the Subramanya temple, other temples of the era are also built in similar styles such as the temples around Mysore, Bangalore as well as the Nanjudeshwara temple in Nanjangud and the famous Chamundeswari temple on the top of the Chamundi Hills. The supervising deities of the temple are Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and this is the primary reason that every day innumerable devotees visit the Ghati Subramanya Temple. As per the legend and also the mythology associated with this temple, the idols of Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha have originated from the earth itself and are not sculpted by human beings.

 

The temple is also believed to be a significant and holy place in South India for the worship of Snake. Although the only place of attraction and interest in Ghati is the temple apparently but it is also true that there is abundance of attention grabbing sources around 20-30km of the temple and these places of attraction can keep the visitors occupied throughout.The Ghati Subramanya has a recorded history of more than 600 years and it was first established by the Ghorpade rulers of Sandur who then were believed to have ruled parts of Bellary. Ghati Subramanya is also considered to be one of the best pilgrim centers of Bangalore.

 

The devotees of the temple have their faith in an age-old tradition which seems to persist till date. An associated ritual of the temple also includes installation of idols of snakes or serpents and thousands of such idols are observed near the temple. The most popular tradition, as well as belief of the visitors and devotees, are that childless couples are blessed with children after offering prayers and making vows to the Lord.The idol of Lord Karthikeya with a seven-headed serpent specifically Cobra is prepared from a single stone. The serpent faces eastwards while the idol of the Lord faces westwards. In order to make certain the visibility of both the idols to visitors, a gigantic mirror has been placed in the back of the idol in the study Sanctorum.



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