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Pandavleni Caves/ Pandu Lena Caves

Pandavleni Caves also known by the names Pandu Lena caves and Trirashmi caves, are a group of 24 rock cut caves excavated by the Buddhist of the Hinayana faith from around the 1st century BC to 2nd century AD. Located 8kms from the city, atop Trivashmi hill, these 2000 years old caves were believed to be built by the Jain rulers of that time as homes for the Jain saints. The Pandavas are supposed to have spent some time here and hence it is also known as Pandavas caves.  The uniqueness of the Pandavleni caves is its brilliant sculptures and remarkably carved doorways. 

The Pandavleni caves can be reached by a flight of steps from the bottom of the hill and one can access its peak by a trekking of about 20 minutes. Some of the caves here are intricately connected by stone-cut ladders that join them to the other caves. Most of the Pandavleni caves are viharas (monasteries) except for the 18th cave which is a chaitya. Caves 3, 10, 18 and 20 are the most significant and fascinating caves among the 24 caves which are noted for their magnificent sculptures. These caves houses shrines, cisterns, rare inscription, carved figures of Buddha and Bodhisattva, along with icons of some of the Jain Teerthankaras like Vrishabhdeo, Ambikadevi, Veer Manibhadraji etc. The chaitya cave (cave 18- the hall of congregation) is well sculptured with an elaborate facade. The caves also had an excellent arrangement for water, with skillfully chiseled water tanks, exquisitely carved into the rocks.

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