Entry Title: "The Caves Of Pandavlena"
Name: Sumesh Senan , India
Category and Expertise: Historic, Non-Professional
Entry Description: Pandavlena caves belong to the 1st Century B.C. to 4th Century A.D period. This group of 24 Buddhist caves is one of the most important in Western India, particularly interesting on account of the large rare inscriptions of considerable historical interest found here. They were excavated between the second half of the 1st Century B.C. and the end of the 2nd Century A.D. by the Buddhist of the Hinayana Faith, who worshipped Buddha in symbolical form. The images of Buddha carving in some of the caves are later additions made by the devotees of the Mahayana faith in CIRCA 4th - 6th Century A.D. The ancient name of the place was "Trirashmi" - the triple royal - the name of the Pandavlena caves being a modern application.
The main interest of the caves are not only the number of inscriptions on the walls which are of historical significance, but also in its representing a brilliant phase in the rock cut architecture of the second century A.D