Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pandava Caves, Aravelam

The ancient Caves in Aravelam is must visit place for history buffs. These 6th century caves are small that have 5 compartments. The Buddhist monks have carved these caves out of a single hard laterite rock. 


These caves are also known as the Pandava caves as it is believed that Pandavas have stayed here at some point during their 12 year exile as described in the Mahabharata.


At a later period these caves have been converted to shaivite caves. 


Shivlings carved out of granite of different shapes and sizes have been placed in each of these caves. These Shivlings are placed on raised platforms.


14 comments:

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice to know about these caves.

rupam sarma said...

Wonderful

NatureFootstep said...

Interesting in a way.

Photo Cache said...

Very interesting.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Wow...

Ankita said...

mind blowing! great pics also, thanks for sharing!

Thomas Lee said...

Tough job carving from a piece of rock

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Carved out of solid rock? Dedication!

teamgsquare said...

Visited long back.

Alok singhal said...

Interesting piece of history they have. Would love to visit.

Travells said...

very nice article

Indian hill stations

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I will need to Google Shavite to see what it means.... the caves look imposing and as if they would be good protection. I will go read more about them.

Jeevan said...

Interesting document on the caves! Well captured

Pat Tillett said...

So much history!
Thanks for posting about this historical and amazing place.