Little Known Facts About Undavalli Cave Petroglyphs
Undavalli Caves are a group of monolithic rock cut cave Hindu temples and monuments. Carvings and Sculptures of Hindu deities and traditions are the main attraction of the caves, along with a huge Lord Vishnu statue. These caves are situated in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh state, India.
You will be spellbound on seeing these magnificent rock-cut architecture, which are among the best ones anywhere in the world. Dedicated to Lord Narashimha and Anantha Padmanadha, the current petroglyphs are associated with Vishnukundi kings, who reigned between 420-620 A.D.
The largest cave is a four story cave measuring 29 meters long and 16 meters wide. It is the best one among the caves here. It has a sculpture of Lord Vishnu, in a reclining posture, made of a single block of granite.
Indian rock-cut architecture finds one of its best forms, here at this magnificent cave temples. These caves are protected monuments of national importance.
Before these caves were converted into Hindu temples, Buddhist monks used these caves as Buddhist Bhikkhu Monastery. Remains Buddhist artifacts can be seen in some of these caves.
Even before that, these caves were believed to be Jain cave temples. These caves resembles the architecture of Udayagiri and Khandgiri rock-cut temples. The first floor of the four story cave temple still retains the Jain style. It exhibits Jain monastics. Tirthankara (Jain savior) sculptures can be seen in this cave.
How Do I Go to Undavalli Caves?
Undavalli caves route map can be accessed by clicking the above google map.
Undavalli village is situated on the southern banks of Krishna River. It is at around 34 kilometers from the state capital, Amaravathi. Vijayawada – Amaravati road passes through Undavalli.
The nearest railway station is Vijayawada Junction railway station, at around 11 kilometers away. Railway Station code for this station is BZA.
NTR Amaravati International Airport at Vijayawada is the nearest airport to these magnificent caves.
Vijayawada and Guntur cities are at around 6 and 22 kilometers distance respectively.