Biking date: 7th May 2016
Motor bike: Honda CB Unicorn
Kaiwara is the place which I was not able to explore completely during my previous visit on 8th April 2016 due to scorching Sun & Humid weather even I have reached the place in the noon. As per conversation with locals there are many places to explore in Kaiwara so decided to explore it separately some other day according to my convenience. Finally, day came and I was free on 7th May 2016 (Saturday). Did R&D of what to explore in Kaiwara by googling out on previous day and itinerary was planned.
Day in brief:
Normally, my biking plans start at 5:30 AM in the morning so I could complete exploration of place by Noon and return to Namma Bengaluru by 3:00 PM. As per plan, woke-up around 4:00 AM in the morning and freshen-up. Started from my house around 5:30 AM and reached K R Puram on Bengaluru-Tirupati Highway. Filled up Bike tank on the way and reached Hoskote around 6:30 AM.
Note: There are 2 fly overs at Hoskote on Bengaluru-Tirupati Highway. Take left deviation under 2nd fly over that road will lead to Chintamani. From this place, Chintamani is 47 Kms. where Kaiwara is 35 Kms. On the way, you have to pass through H- Cross which is 24 Kms. from Hoskote on Hoskote-Chintamani Road.
Took some photos for future reference and moved on Hoskote-Chintamani Road.
Stopped at H Cross around 7:10 AM and had morning Tea.
Continued ride and reached Kaiwara Arch exactly at 7:30 AM.
Nearest town is Chinatamani (Chickballapur District)
Best time to visit: Any time of the year
Distance from different cities:
- Bengaluru: Around 74.7 Kms.
- Kolar: Around 41.1 Kms. via Hoskote-Chintamani Road and Kolar-Chikkaballapur Road.
How to reach the place:
- By Bus: Take Benagluru-Chinatamani KSRTC bus from Bengaluru. Get down at Kaiwara Arch or Chintamani, take Taxi/Auto to explore Kaiwara and Sri Maha Kailasagiri Kshetra.
- By Bike/Car: Go straight on Bengaluru-Tirupati Highway and take left deviation under 2nd fly over at Hoskote that road will lead to Chintamani. From this place, Chintamani is 47 Kms. where Kaiwara is 35 Kms. On the way, you have to pass through H Cross which is 24 Kms. from Hoskote on Hoskote-Chintamani Road.
Route direction: Bengaluru –> K R Puram –> Hoskote –> H Cross –> Kaiwara
Kaiwara: Kaiwara is a small town in the Chickballapur district of Karnataka state, located northeast of Bangalore, India. Kaiwara is a popular place to visit, as it is very close to Bangalore (about 65 km away), the capital of Karnataka. Free boarding (prasada) and well-maintained, low-cost accommodation is available at the ashram. Chintamani Town is the nearest Taluk Centre and a business hub of this part of Karnataka.
For more information, visit the link: Kaiwara
Places to visit at Kaiwara:
- Sri Yogi Narayana Mutt
- Sri Amaranarayana Swamy Temple
- Bheema-Bakasura Betta or Chamundi Betta
- Sri Sri Sri Yogi Narayana Yateendra Tapovana or Kaiwara Tapovana
- Vaikunta Betta
- Sri Maha Kailasagiri Kshetra
- Sri Bheemalingeshwara Temple
Moved towards Sri Yogi Narayana Mutt which is first place one can explore once you drive inside the Arch. From Arch, it was around 2 Kms. As you enter Kaiwara town, you will get left deviation which will lead to Sri Yogi Narayana Mutt entrance. Explored the place for 30 minutes and took plenty of photos.
Sri Yoginarayana Mutt: Ashram dedicated to the Thatayya where he was buried alive as a ritual of Jeevasamadhi. Thatayya did all his meditation in a cave which is 3 Kms. from Kaiwara and they call it as Gavi (Vaikunta Betta). During his period of meditation, a tiger & a leopard used to guard him and few years later he was enlightened.
Photo Gallery – Sri Yoginarayana Mutt, Kaiwara
Visited Sri Amaranarayana Swamy Temple which is also near by.
Sri Amaranarayana Swamy Temple: The temple of Sri Venkateshwara was established in the form of Amaranarayana, god of eternal life. It is said to have direct connection between the temple of Tirupathi, where Sri Tatayyanavaru worshipped both Amaranarayana and Tirupathi Thimmappa at the same time. Once, there was a fire near Thimmappa’s foot at Thirupathi, and it was Tatayya who extinguished the fire. Another important observation in God’s sculpture is that the charm of Amaranarayana overtakes that of Thimmappa. Also there is saying that, the deity was installed by Lord Indra. During the period of Lord Rama’s exile, they stayed in this temple for shelter. Thus there is a small sculptor of Lord Rama, Sita Devi and Lord Lakshmana in this temple.
Parked my bike outside Sri Amaranarayana Swamy Temple and thought of exploring Sri Bheemalingeshwara Temple which is nearby Bheema-Bakasura Betta. Temple was closed and came to know it will be open around 9:30 AM so skipped it and moved towards Bheema-Bakasura Betta to explore. Started trek towards Bheema-Bakasura Betta.
Bheema-Bakasura Betta: A place in which the footprints of Bheema and Bakasura’s fighting are preserved. At the pinnacle of the hill is a stone where Bheema used to meditate daily. Prints of his one foot and knee have been seen in this location.
Time is 8:40 AM when I started to hike Bheema-Bakasura Betta or Chamundi Betta. It was pure trekking experience with 500 to 700 steps en-route peak. It took me 30 minutes to reach the top and meantime explored the place too. Around 1000 monkeys living in Bheema-Bakasura Betta as per locals and they are harmless unlike other monkey’s on different hillocks. As I reached top, one dog followed me and I was alone on the top. Explored the peak and visited Lakshmana Theertha while getting down.
Photo Gallery – Bheema-Bakasura Betta, Kaiwara
Lakshmana Theertha: Located on top of the hill in front of Chamundeshwari temple, Lakshmana Theertha dates back to the period of Thretha Yuga. While in exile, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana were said to have gone there. Lakshmana used an arrow to make a hole in the rock to get water for Sita, who was extremely thirsty.
Near by Laksmana Theertha, there is Chamundeshwari Temple. All these temples look like ruined one expect Lakshmana Theertha.
Started to descend around 9:15 AM and got down to the base within 15 minutes. Reached base around 9:30 AM. I was thirsty so had 2 Tender Coconut near by Bheema-Bakasura Betta Arch. Started towards next destination Sri Maha Kailasagiri Kshetra which is around 4 to 5 Kms. from Kaiwara town. On the way there are 2 more places to explore – Sri Sri Sri Yogi Narayana Yateendra Tapovana & Vaikunta Betta.
Note: A right deviation at Kaiwara town will take you to Sri Maha Kailasagiri Kshetra which is around 4 to 5 Kms.
There is not much to explore inside Sri Sri Sri Yogi Narayana Yateendra Tapovana. It is also called as Kaiwara Tapovana. I skipped this place and moved towards Vaikunta betta. Parked my bike at premises and started to explore the place.
Time was 9:50 AM when I reached Vaikunta Betta. Explored the place to fullest and took some photo too.
Vaikunta Betta: The great cave in which Thatayya meditated and attained the supreme spiritual enlightenment.
Photo Gallery – Vaikunta Betta, Kaiwara
Photo Gallery – Yaaga Hall or Yajna Mantapa, Vaikunta Betta, Kaiwara
Visited Thatayya Gavi at Vaikunta Betta, Kaiwara.
Photo Gallery – Thatayya Gavi, Vaikunta Betta, Kaiwara
Finished exploration around 10:30 AM and had 2 more Tender Coconuts at premise. I haven’t had breakfast in the morning cos I was not feeling hungry at all. Moved towards Sri Maha Kailasagiri Kshetra. Reaching the place itself amazing experience!!! It is country side ride for me which goes through villages. Boards are placed at equal distances so visitors can reach Sri Maha Kailasagiri Kshetra without any problem.
It was 10:50 AM, when I reached Sri Maha Kailasagiri Kshetra. It was Cave temple and had darshana of Sri Vallaba Ganapati Swamy, Sri Chaturmukhalingeshwara Swmay and Goddess Sri Jagadambe inside the Cave temple. Amazing place to visit and highly recommended to people of Namma Bengaluru! Place is truly marvellous architecture. Clicked beauty of temple in my camera.
Sri Maha Kailasagiri Kshetra: Cave temples of Shiva located about 7 kms. from Kaiwara, which are being restored, a task taken up in the recent past by Sri Chowdareddy, the ex-home minister of Karnataka and father of the EX. MLA for Chinthamani, Dr. M.C. Sudhakar Reddy.
Photo Gallery – Sri Maha Kailasagiri Kshetra, Kaiwara
Note: A 23 feet Shivaling is under construction inside cave temple and which will be opened to devotees soon.
Left the place around 11:40 AM and took snaps on the way while descending from Sri Maha Kailasagiri Kshetra.
Finally, explored Sri Bheemalingeshwara Temple which is not able to explore completely in the morning after reaching the temple around 12:00 PM.
Sri Bheemalingeshwara Temple: Bheemalingeshwara temple is believed to have been built by Bheema, who was one of the Pandavas. There will be small temples dedicated to Pancha Pandavas including Sri Dharmalingeshwara Swmay, Sri Sahadevalingeshwara Swamy, Sri Nakulalingeshwara Swamy and Sri Arjunalingeshwara Swamy in the premises of Bheemalingeshwara Temple. Bheemalingeshwara Swmay Temple is Main & Big which is at centre and other 4 Pandava temples surrounded.
One more Legend on Sri Bheemalingeshwara Temple: During Agnathavaasa of Pandava, they stayed in Kaiwara (then Ekachakrapura) for one year. During their stay, Bheema fought the demon Bakasura, put the demon into a cave and blocked it with a huge rock. The rock came to be called Bakasurana Bande (Bakasura’s Rock). After taking a life, Bheema was burdened with Bramhahatyadosha (sin of killing). To rid himself of it, Bheema established a Shivalinga (a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva used for worship in temples), followed by his brothers and mother. Later temples were built and came to be known as Bheemalingeshwara temple.
Photo Gallery – Sri Bheemalingeshwara Temple, Kaiwara
Left Kaiwara around 12:30 PM. Had lunch in one of Dhaba’s near Kaiwara Arch. Started towards Namma Bengaluru around 1:15 PM and reached Lalbagh West Gate for Bangalore AdvenTuRers (BAT) organizers meet around 3:40 PM. After the meet, left the place to my house around 7:00 PM. Reached my house around 7:30 PM. With this long day comes to end.
Other places of u can visit near Kaiwara include Ambaji Durga (cave temples) and the Temple of Lord Venkateswara in Alamgiri. I haven’t explored these places.
Total distance covered during Solo Road Trip: Around 170 Kms.
Biking route: From my place, I took following route to explore Kaiwara: Avalahalli Bus Stop, Girinagar -–> M G Road –> Hoskote –> H Cross -> Kaiwara –> Hoskote –> M G Road -> Lalbagh West Gate –> Avalahalli Bus Stop, Girinagar
A solo exploration of Kaiwara is memorable one and will be remembered as one of unforgettable experiences!!!