Take the road less travelled to see Goa's Rivona caves

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.

Goa|Rivona|History|Heritage | Photo: Lakshmi G Sardesai

An adventurous walk in a forested stretch will lead you to the caves, known to have been in existence since the Buddhist times.

Goa|Rivona|History|Forest path | Photo: Lakshmi G Sardesai

The Buddhist monks found Rivona caves to be a suitable place for meditation because of the serenity of the place.

Goa|Rivona|History|Monks|Meditation | Photo: Lakshmi G Sardesai

The Pitha or the carved laterite served as the seat of the teacher (Buddhist guru), who meditated and also preached to his disciples.

Goa|Rivona|History|Pitha|Meditation | Photo: Lakshmi G Sardesai

One can also spot secret chambers at the caves which were used for meditation.

Goa|Rivona|History|Meditation|Secret chamber | Photo: Lakshmi G Sardesai

These steps at the side of the cave lead to a water pond.

Goa|Rivona|History|Heritage|Water pond | Photo: Lakshmi G Sardesai

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.

Goa|Rivona|History|Kushavati river | Photo: Lakshmi G Sardesai

In Rivona, visitors can experience rural Goa which is quiet, has better air and less civilisation.

Goa|Rivona|History|Rivona village | Photo: Lakshmi G Sardesai

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.

Goa|Rivona|History|Agriculture|Vimaleshwar temple | Photo: Lakshmi G Sardesai

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