Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple in Gavipuram, , is perhaps one of the best known cave temples in this part of Karnataka. Bangalore
One of the most important caves are the Badami caves which is now in Bagalkot district.
is fortunate in having two cave systems. While the Bangalore is well-known, another cave temple is of Ramalingeshwara on Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple Bannerghatta Road. This is not as well –known as the former cave structure.
Ramalingeshwara Cave temple is not as old as the . Nor is it as impressive and grand as the former. While thousands of visitors turn up at the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, hardly a few come to the . Ramalingeshwara Cave
Ramalingeshwara Cave temple is almost opposite the on Meenakshi Temple Banerghatta Road. It is in Hulimavu and adjacent to the BGS educational institutions.
In case you plan a trip to the cave, I suggest you go to the
first and then cross over to the other side of the busy Meenakshi Temple Bannerghatta Road where the cave temple is located.
A small path leads you to a compound where you can see a huge boulder above the ground. This is the upper part of the cave and you can walk inside.
The cave is not as narrow as the
. Here, a man with normal height can stand upright and walk about most places in the cave. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
The cave is cool and there are it forms part of a geological monolithic granite rock. As soon as you come into the cave, you can see a Samadhi in the front and deities to the left. There is a meditation hall on the right.
There are deities of Shiva in the form of a Linga, Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Haunman. There is also an idol of Ganesha, Garuda and Raja Rajeshwari. There is also a small statue of Nandi.
The meditation hall is the place where a swamiji, Ramananda, meditated for several years.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) says the cave is over 2,000 years old. Old-timers and locals of Hulimavu say many saints and swamijis have meditated here,
This is not the only temple in Hulimavu. There are more than 50 temples in the vicinity, including the
Meenakshi Temple and the . Raghavendra Swamy Temple
If you have time on you hands, motor down further to visit the
. Enjoy the safari and the Zoo there as well as the Bannerghatta National Park . Butterfly Park
In case you have shopping to do, there are several mall on the road. If you are hungry, MTR is just in front of the
in JP Nagar. The easiest location to MTR is the road behind BDA Mini Forest Bannerghatta Road from the junction of Staples and Shoppers Stop.
Hulimavu means sour mangoes. A few years ago, I saw a lot of greenery in and around the area. Today, much of the green has disappeared and there has been developmental activities in and around the area.
The cave temple is easily accessible by bus or by auto. The nearest bus stop is the
stop on Meenakshi Temple Bannerghatta Road.