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Undavalli Caves

History

Undavalli Caves in Undavalli Village are situated about 8 km from Vijayawada, resting on high hills overlooking the mighty River Krishna. The Caves are a magnificent example of the rock-cut cave architecture of India, with the carving and sculptures not to be found anywhere else in the country. Believed to have been created around the 4th or 5th century, Undavalli Caves are four storied, and are related to the Vishnukundin Kings who ruled between 420 and 620 AD. The walls of these caves are adorned by carvings of Gods and goddesses. An association to the Buddhist era can also be drawn, with many Buddhist Viharas supposed to have called them home, as evidenced by some of the architecture here.

The main attraction of this cave is the gigantic statue of Lord Vishnu, located on the second floor, which is about 5metres long, and is made of a single block of granite stone reclined on a serpent conch. Also present is a statue of Narada or the sage of Gods, and Thumbura, both on the third floor. The caves also have numerous shrines dedicated to Lord Anantapadmanabh Swami and Lord Narasimha Swami, besides a few small shrines dedicated to "Trimurti" of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara.

Best time to visit

Best time to visit Undavalli Caves is between the months of October and March.

Trivia

There is a legend about the caves that says that there exists a 9 kilometres long underground tunnel leading to the sacred Mangalgiri Mountain, although it has never been found.

Timing

The timings are from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Open on all days.


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