Temple: Bheemalingeswara Temple
The Bheemalingeswara Temple is located in Kaivara, a small town in the Chikballapur district of Karnataka.
Bheemalingeswara Temple – Overview
The Bheemalingeswara temple is believed to have been built by Bheema, who was one of the Pandavas. Kaivara was known as Ekachakrapuram during the time of the Mahabharatha. It was here that the Pandavas spent a year in hiding after escaping the attempt of their lives at the house of lac. It was here too, that Bheema killed Bakasura, the demon who was terrifying the people of this region.
This place is also known for the famous poet Narayanappa, famous as Kaivara Thatayya. He was a proficient composer in both Kannada and Telugu. He composed Kirtanas in praise of Lord Vishnu who resides in the Amara Narayanaswami temple here. He is also famous for his prophetic work Kala Jnana about future events.
Bheemalingeswara Temple – Facts
There are several attractions in Kaivara, besides the Bheemalingeswara temple:
- The cave where Thatayya meditated
- The Thatayya Ashram
- The Amara Narayana temple
- The hillock where Bheema is said to have killed Bakasura
- A beautiful park maintained by the forest department
How to Get to Bheemalingeswara temple
Kaivara, where Bheemalingeswara temple is located, is about 70 km from Bangalore. You easily get buses from Bangalore city. You would have to get down at Kaivara cross and then proceed three kilometers inward to reach Kaivara town.