Undavalli caves

Undavalli caves

The Undavalli Caves, and example of Indian rock-cut architecture are located in the village of Undavalli in Guntur District, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.The caves are 6km south west of Vijayawada, 22km north west of Guntur City and about 280 km from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.


These caves have been carved out of solid rock on a hillside in the 4th to 5th centuries A.D. [cite web
title=Undavalli Caves, Undavalli
] They have four stories with a huge statue of Lord Vishnu in a reclining posture sculpted from a single block of granite inside. Other shrines are dedicated to Trimurti and to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. [cite web
title=Undavalli Caves
] They are among the earlierst example of Gupta architecture, primarily primitive rock-cut monastery cells carved into the sandstone hills. [cite book
first= Binda
last= Thapar
year= 2004
title= Introduction to Indian Architecture
publisher= Periplus Editions
pages= p 10
id= ISBN 0794600115

The walls of the caves display sculptures carved by skilled local craftsmen. The structure of these caves resemble the Buddhist viharas in their architectural and sculptural proficiency, and can be seen as signs of a past Buddhist culture. The caves are surrounded by the green countryside. [cite web
title= The golden Goddess of Vijayawada...
publisher=The Hindu

The caves are associated with the Vishnukundina kings of 420 to 620 A.D. They are dedicated to Anantapadmanabha Swamy and Narisimha Swamy. [cite web
first= Ramesh
title= Steeped in history
publisher=The Hindu

accessdate=2006-08-19 ] From the high hill above the cave overlooking the Krishna river many fine specimens of rock cut Hindu architecture can be seen.

ee also

* Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple in Bangalore - also a cave temple
* Varaha Cave Temple
* Badami Cave Temples
* Pandavleni Caves
* Karla Caves
* Indian rock-cut architecture
* List of India cave temples


External links

* [http://www.showcaves.com/english/in/misc/Undavalli.html Undavalli Caves]
* [http://www.andhratourism.com/Caves_Andhra.htm Caves in Andhra Padesh]
* [http://www.google.com/search?q=Undavalli+Caves Search Google for "Undavalli Caves"]

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