Lakshmi G Sardesai
Rivona caves in Goa's Sanguem is a place for history buffs and those who want to experience the State's hinterland.
An adventurous walk in a forested stretch will lead you to the caves, known to have been in existence since the Buddhist times.
The Buddhist monks found Rivona caves to be a suitable place for meditation because of the serenity of the place.
The Pitha or the carved laterite served as the seat of the teacher (Buddhist guru), who meditated and also preached to his disciples.
One can also spot secret chambers at the caves which were used for meditation.
These steps at the side of the cave lead to a water pond.
Rivona lies on the banks of the Kushavati river. In ancient times, it was known as ‘Rishivan’ (forest of sages). Monks frequented the river where they also set up their hermitages.
In Rivona, visitors can experience rural Goa which is quiet, has better air and less civilisation.
One is greeted by beautiful scenery on the way, and just a few kilometres before arriving at the caves, don't miss the opportunity to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva at the Vimaleshwar temple.