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Nandhi Hills (Nandi Betta) - Lord Nandhi here is growing day by day.

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Nandhi Hills (Nandi Betta) - Lord Nandhi here is growing day by day.
Need a break from the heat and dust of the plains? Welcome to the Nandi Hills one of the hill resorts of Karnataka. The Nandi Hills or the hills of the Nandi have been named after the bull of Lord Shiva. The pleasant hill resort of Nandi Hills is also known as Nandigiri or Nandidurga amongst the locals. The Nandi Hills have attracted people since long. Nandi hills were the summer haven of Tipu Sultan as well as the British. The palace of Tipu Sultan and the Bungalows of the British stand in testimony of the same. Now Nandi Hills are popular with the tourists and act as ideal weekend getaway for the people from Bangalore. In the past the Nandi Hills have attracted the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, Sir Mark Cubbon, Queen Elizabeth II et al.


Nandhi Hills (Nandi Betta) - Lord Nandhi here is growing day by day.
There are many stories about the orgin of the name Nandi Hills. During the Chola period, Nandi Hills was called Ananda Giri meaning The Hill of Happiness. Another story is that Yoga Nandeeshwara performed penance here, and so it was named after him. A temple of Yoga Nandeeshwara is situated on top of the hill. Nandi is also commonly called Nandidurga (Fort) because of the fort build here by the ruler Tippu Sultan. It is also perhaps called Nandi Hills because the hill resembles a sleeping bull (Nandi).

Nandi Hills has been a favourite picnic place for young enthusiasts on a weekend. The pleasant climate appeals to the old and the young alike. Lovers and honey mooners, in search of a quiet, beautiful place, and families on economised budget prefer Nandi Hills. Historians can find a wealth of information and the spiritual minded, peace and tranquility.

From Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, Nandi Hills is a mere 60 kilometers. Nandi Hills offers a surprise of breathtaking scenic beauty and excellent climatic condition. Situated in the Chikkaballapur Taluk of Kolar District in Karnataka, Nandi Hills, at the height of 4851 feet above sea level is, the most popular picnic spot.

Nandhi Hills (Nandi Betta) - Lord Nandhi here is growing day by day.
Nandi Hills provides modern, well-furnished accommodation for tourists. Nehru House, formerly Cubbon House, build by Lord Cubbon has 18 rooms and available for tourist. Gandhi House, where the Mahatma himself stayed, is under the management of DPAR (Protocol) Government of Karnataka and is reserved for the stay of important dignitaries. The Horticulture Department runs a vegetarian restaurant and the Karnataka Tourism Department runs a vegetarian / non-vegetarian restaurant "MAYURA". Nandi Hills has a well maintained road of 8 kilometers from the foothill to the top. Medical, postal, telegraph and telephone facilities are available on hill top.

Nandhi Hills (Nandi Betta) - Lord Nandhi here is growing day by day.
Route to Nandi Hills:
On Bangalore Bellary road, reach Devanahalli cross, which is on the 36 th milestone. Take the deviation on the left and travel 11 kilometers to reach Nandi cross. The foot of the hill is 3 kilometers from here. On the Doddaballapur road, turn right to reach the road that leads to the top of the hill. From the foot is 8 kilometers of the top.

Attractions in the Nandhi Hills are:

Tippu's Drop : It is the place from where Tippu Sultan made his prisoners fall.

Tippu's Summer Residence : Tippu’s summer residence is a beautiful palace which was completed in the year 1791. The construction of the palace was started by Haidar Ali and was completed by Tippu Sultan. The palace was used by the Sultan as his summer resort and he named it as Tashk-e-Jannat which means envy of heaven. It is constructed mainly of wood. The ceiling and the walls are covered with paintings. These paintings are in a faded state. General public are not allowed into the palace.

Brahmashram : It is a cool and beautiful cave near Nandi Hills. This cave has the unique distinction of being the meditation place of Sage Ramakrishna Paramhamsa. The Sage, who is one of the greatest devotee of Goddess Kali, meditated here.

Nehru Nilaya : Sir Mark Cubbon, when he was Commissioner of Bangalore made this his summer residence, where Jawaharlal Nehru used to stay and now it is a guest house of the horticulture department of India.

Nandhi Hills (Nandi Betta) - Lord Nandhi here is growing day by day.
Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple: It is situated on top of the hill, the Chola rulers of Tamilnadu built this temple. This temple has a thousand year old sculpture of Nandi. It also has a beautiful Kalyana Mantapa.

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple: At the base of the Nandi Hills in the Nandi Village is the Bhoga Nandishwara Temple that follows the Dravidian style of architecture. It is interesting to note that the Bhoga Nandeeswara temple was built by many dynasties that ruled the area. The Banas, the Cholas, the Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar rulers built the temple adding many structures as and when they found suitable.

Muddenahalli : It is just a few kilometers away from Nandi Hills, the home town of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, the architect of modern Karnataka. His house is now a museum.

Timings : Nandi hills is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

How to Reach:
Bus : Government buses ply from Bangalore, Chikkaballapur and Nandigrama. It takes 2 hours from Bangalore and one hour from Chikkaballapur to reach Nandi Hills.

Climate : The temperature is 25 to 28 centigrade during summer and 8 to 10 centigrade in winter. Nandi receives a rainfall of 100 to 150 cms every year.

For enquiries and booking contact:

Horticulture Department,
Lalbagh, Bangalore-560004.
(Between March 15th to July 15th)


Nandi Hill Station, Chikkaballapur Taluk,
Kolar district.
(Between July 16th to March 14th)

Few words from Guruji Sri Narendra Babu Sharma about growing nandi day by day:
Between two mountains in nandhi hills is the Growing Lord Nandhi.
When Guruji himself visited this Nandhi few years back, it was four and half feet, but it is grown at a height of 22 feet and 20 feet width now and it is still growing day by day.
By 2015 it may become world's largest Nandhi.
When lord Shiva is in Nidra Swarupa, all his powers are in Lord Nandhi.

Those who are reading this article happen to visit Nandhi Hills, leave your comments here about Growing Nandhi. If possible mail us the pictures of Lord Nandhi.


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