Lord Subrahmanya

Temple History

Ghati Subramanya is one of the popular pilgrim centers located near Doddaballapur of Bangalore Rural district. Ghati Subrahmanya is located about 45 Kms from Bangalore.

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.

Ghati is a Sanskrit word which means a plot. A serpent’s hood bear a resemblance to a pot and Ghati is the place where Lord Subramanya lived in the form of Ghata Sarpa. As per the records, the temple at Ghati Subramanyam Kshethra consists of a history of more than 600 years and was first built by Ghorpade. The rare and self-originated idol of Lord Subramanya was unearthed by king Ghorpade with the help of local residents as per the instructions of Lord Subramanya himself. According to Sthala Purana, Ghati is the place where Lord Subramanya executed sacrament in the disguise of a serpent inside the caves in the mountain ranges of the area before slaying the demon Tharakasura. Lord Subramanya also summoned protection from Lord Lakshmi Narasimha for the serpentine clan from Garuda’s scare in Ghati. Garuda is the sacred mount of Lord Vishnu and is considered to be an enemy of Serpentine tribe.

Tuesdays is considered as auspicious day.


Additional Information

Ghati Subramanya temple board is maintaining room s for the accommodation of devotees. The best hotels and lodges are available at Doddaballapur city which is just 12 km from the temple. Annadanam (lunch) is daily organised by temle freely for the devotees.

Brahma Rathotsava, Nagara Panchami, Narasimha Jayanthi, Theppotsava, Champa Shashti and Kumara Shashti are the major festivals grandly celebrated here.

Bengalore majestic bus station is 40.7 km. from Doddaballapur. Doddaballapur City Bus station is just 12 km from the temple. Buses and private transport is available from Doddaballapur to reach the temple.
The nearest railway station is Makali Durga station which is 3.8 km and the Bengaluru City Railway Junction is 62.7 km from the temple.
Kempegowda International Airport (47.5 km) is the nearest Airport.
  • Morning: 6.30am to Evening: 8.30pm
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: +91 80 27657131, 9980553276