Hulimavu cave Temple

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Hulimav Cave Temple
Hulimav Cave Temple is located in Karnataka
Hulimav Cave Temple
Hulimav Cave Temple
Location in Karnataka
Other names Shiva Cave Temple, Cave Temple
Coordinates 12°52′37″N 77°35′59″E / 12.877009°N 77.59967°E / 12.877009; 77.59967Coordinates: 12°52′37″N 77°35′59″E / 12.877009°N 77.59967°E / 12.877009; 77.59967
Country India
State Karnataka
District Bangalore
Location Bannerghatta Road, Hulimavu
Primary deity Shiva
Festival deity Ganesha
Festival consort Devi
Number of temples 1
Number of monuments 3
History and governance
Date built c.a. 1500–1600
Creator Sri Sri Balagangadaraswami mutt

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.

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 the 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 surrounding the cave BGS National Public School built by Sri Sri Balagangadaraswami (Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana) has be established and a math running from Sri Adichunchanagiri Maha Samsthana math.

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.