Set in the small town of Kaiwara in Chikballapur, the Bheemalingeswara Temple is believed to have been built by one of the Pandavas, Bheema himself. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is renowned for its mythological history and architectural details.
The Bheemalingeswara Temple – An Overview
In the age of the Mahabharat, Kaivara was known as Ekachakrapuram. This where the Pandavas are believed to have lived after their home built of lac was burned down.
A wicked demon, Bakasura lived in the region and was terrorizing the locals. Bheema killed this demon while the Pandavas were living here. After killing the demon, Bheema performed penance at the site of the temple by consecrating a Shiva linga at the spot. He then constructed a temple around this linga.
Kaiwara also has a close association with the poet, Narayanappa. He was also known as Kaivara Thatayya. Proficient in Telegu and Kannada, he composed a number of kirtans honoring Lord Vishnu who is believed to reside in the Amara Narayanaswami temple.
Quick Facts About Bheemalingeswara Temple
- Main deity: Lord Shiva
- Best time to visit: November-April
- Temple timings: 5.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m
- Entry fee: Free
- Address: Bheemalingeswara Temple, Kaiwara, Chikballapur – 563128 (MAP)
Bheemalingeswara Temple – Nearby Sightseeing and Things to See
There are several attractions in Kaivara, besides the Bheemalingeswara temple:
This Ashram is dedicated to the Thatayya. He is believed to have been buried alive as per the Jeevasamadhi ritual. Thatayya, also known as Gavi meditated in a cave 3km from Kaiwara. During this time, he was protected by a leopard and a tiger.
The Amara Narayana Temple
Dedicated to Amaranarayana, the God of eternal life, this temple is believed to have a direct connection to the temple in Tirupati. According to legends the Amaranarayana idol in the temple was installed by Lord Indra. The temple is also associated with Lord Indra’s victory over Vritrasura.
This relatively newly built temple is dedicated to the Goddess Vasavi. She is considered sacred by the Vaishya community. Idols of Lord Shiva and Parvathi and Lord Ranganatha Swamy are also installed here.
The Hillock Where Bheema Is Said To Have Killed Bakasura
A footprint and knee indentation believed to belong to Bheema as well as Bheema and Bakasura’s footprints of the fight can be seen here. It is believed that he meditated at this spot every day.
A beautiful park maintained by the Forest department is home to a few animals and birds. A small zoo is also located here.
How to Reach the Bheemalingeswara temple
At a distance of 70km, Bengaluru is the nearest airport to Kaiwara. From here, one may drive down in a car or take a taxi to the temple.
The Chikballapur Junction is the closest railway station. Buses and taxis ply regularly from the station to the temple.
Kaiwara is well connected to other cities in Karnataka by road. From Bangalore, you can take the NH7 to Devanhalli and then take the SH96 towards Kaiwara.