Built by Kempegowda in Basavanagudi , the temple is reminiscent of 16th century Dravidian style architecture. It has a huge granite monolith of Nandi .This is perhaps the only temple where the ’vaahana’ (vehicle of the God) gets precedence over the master ( Hindu God – Shiva) . The giant bull, adored as Basavanna, is the prime attraction for visitors and its popularity gave the place its name - Basavanagudi or the Bull temple. The bull also has a small iron plate on its head. As per the tradition, this plate prevents the bull from growing. Providing a great backdrop to the statue are the idols of God Surya and Goddess Chandra, on their chariots.