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The Hulimav Cave Temple, also known as the Hulimav Shiva Cave Temple or simply the Cave Temple, is located in Hulimavu, Bannerghatta Road, Karnataka, India, very close to the BGS National Public School. The Cave Temple is administered by the Sri Sri Bala Gangadaraswami Mutt. It is stated that a saint did tapas in the cave for many years and his samadhi is also found inside. One can feel the vibration if one enters the cave and stands before the samadhi.
Hulimavu Cave Temple
There are three main deities consecrated inside. While a Shiva Lingam occupies the centre, on one side there is a Devi idol and, on the other side, the idol of Ganesha has been consecrated. On the other side of he cave, a very old dhyana mantap is also found. The cave appears to be centuries old. When one goes inside the cave and sits in meditation for few hours it is sure to feel the vibration of the god and get mental peace. The temple is placed within the natural cave inside the rocks. The detailed history of the temple is however not available, but it was stated that the temple is as old as 4–5 hundred years and has been found and built by Sri Sri Balagangadaraswami mutt. Hulimavu was previously known as Amarapura, which came under the administration of Saarakeya. Apparently, Amarapura was derived from the word Amra or Amru, which translates, to Mango or Sourness. Over years the name has evolved to its present name Hulimavu that in Kannada literally means "sour mango". The then ruler of Saarakeya (17th century) is believed to have built the Kodandarama Swami Temple in Hulimavu for the well-being of its citizens. Around 1850 AD the temple was renovated with the installation of idols of Seeta, Lakshmana and Anjenaya Swami. Sri Kodandarama Swami Bramhostava is celebrated every year.
Hulimavu Cave Temple
The story surrounding the discovery of the cave is as fascinating as the place itself. Mariappa Swamiji, the managing trustee of the temple, who along with his colleagues developed the cave temple, was a contractor by profession. He once carried out some repair work at the Sri Vishwanath temple in Nandi Hills. During his stay there he came into contact with a sage in the hills who entrusted him with a strange task of identifying a similar sage meditating in a cave in Bengaluru. Thus started Swami's search, which ended when he found Sri Ramanand Swamiji meditating in this cave. The natural cave with water -- a rare phenomenon – was renovated, a temple built inside and later a Samadhi for Sri Ramanand Swamiji, who attained jeeva Samadhi 12 years after the discovery the cave.
Visitors are encouraged to learn about and go around to each of the deities inside the cave. The samadhi with the photo of the saint is also there. For unknown reasons such temples have not gained publicity even though those who know the temple visit it very often.