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About Pandava Caves

The rock-cut caves of Arvalem, also called the Pandava Caves are wrapped in mythology and mystery. These caves, which lie 36 km from Panaji, in the village of Khandepar in North Goa, are believed to have been carved in the 6th century. Folklore has it that the Pandavas lived here during their exile. The cave comprises five compartments, of which the middle compartment has a 'linga.' The presence of these five compartments and the Shivlinga in the cave complex is regarded as proof of this fact. However, a second theory claims these caves to be of Buddhist origin. The large-sized statue of Buddha nearby as well as the architectural style of the caves shows Buddhist influence. Hence the origin of the caves has remained ambivalent over the years. The simple but appealing architecture of the caves with the rock structure cut into laterite stone, and its mysterious origins have long been attracting tourists. The famous Rudreshwar temple nearby as well as the Arvalem waterfalls at a 10-minute walk, makes this place an interesting visit when in Goa

Pro Tip: When you visit the Pandava caves do cover the nearby Rudreshwar temple as well as the Arvalem Falls.

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