Rock cut Cave Temple

An eminent example of Indian rock-cut architecture, Rock cut Cave Temple is one of the popular historical sites. It is a four-storeyed temple with an east-facing facade with a variation in the depth and plan of excavation of each storey. With eight pillars and seven door openings on the facade, the ground floor is an unfinished low pillared hall. The first storey accommodates three separate sanctuaries for Trimurthi - Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, each with a pillared hall in front. Trinity in Hindu mythology holds a significant place and is worshipped as an embodiment of cosmic functions of creation, maintenance and destruction. There is a pillared rectangular shrine of Anantasayi (Vishnu reclining on serpent couch) on the second storey of the Rock cut Cave Temple. Apart from sculptures that represent Vaishnava deities and legends, the facade of the third floor is adorned with numerous sculptures that include depictions of lions and elephants. Tourists can also capture a beautiful view of ancient sculptures attributed to Chalukyan Period.

About Rock cut Cave Temple

An eminent example of Indian rock-cut architecture, Rock cut Cave Temple is one of the popular historical sites. It is a four-storeyed temple with an east-facing facade with a variation in the depth and plan of excavation of each storey. With eight pillars and seven door openings on the facade, the ground floor is an unfinished low pillared hall. The first storey accommodates three separate sanctuaries for Trimurthi - Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, each with a pillared hall in front. Trinity in Hindu mythology holds a significant place and is worshipped as an embodiment of cosmic functions of creation, maintenance and destruction. There is a pillared rectangular shrine of Anantasayi (Vishnu reclining on serpent couch) on the second storey of the Rock cut Cave Temple. Apart from sculptures that represent Vaishnava deities and legends, the facade of the third floor is adorned with numerous sculptures that include depictions of lions and elephants. Tourists can also capture a beautiful view of ancient sculptures attributed to Chalukyan Period.

Outstanding Universal Value

The famous Rock cut Cave Temple of Guntur district was discovered in the 7th century. It is said that the cave temple was constructed by the Vishnukundi kings of 420-620 A.D. However, they were inspired by the architecture of Pallava Mahendra Varman. The Vishnukundi kings dedicated the temple to Anantha Padmanabha and Lord Narashimha. The Rock cut Cave Temple is also connected to Buddhism as the temple was used as Rest Houses by Buddhists.

Monument Information

Address

Vijayawada Rd, Near Prakasam Barrage, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh 522501

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Vijayawada Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Vijayawada Junction railway station
  • Nearest Bus Station : Undavalli Bus Stop

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm

Weather

  • Monsoon : Minimum: 20°C Maximum: 47° C

    Summer : Maximum: 47° C Minimum: 20° C

    Winter : Maximum: 30° C Minimum: 10° C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Winter Season (October to February)

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Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
FOREIGNER Visitor:
Total ₹ 300
₹ 300 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax