List of rock-cut temples in India

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This is a partial list of Indian rock-cut temples by state or union territory.

Andhra Pradesh[edit]

Bojjannakonda Caves and Hilltop Monastery, Anakapalle, Visakhapatnam district
Caves at Guntupalle

Guntupalle is popularly known as "Andhra Ajanta". These caves are believed to pre-date even the world famous Ajanta & Ellora caves of Maharashtra. It is also believed that the great Buddhist Logician, Dignaga resided here for quiet sometime during his lifetime.

Himachal Pradesh[edit]

Rock Cut Temple, Masroor

There are 15 rock-cut temples in Indo-Aryan style and are richly carved. It is a unique monolithic structure in the sub-Himalayan region. The main shrine contains three stone images of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. The temple complex is located on a hill and also has a large rectangular water pond. The temple complex is believed to be built by the Pandava during their exile, exact date is not known. As per records ancient name of the city Kangra was Bhimnagar founded by Bhima one of the Pandava brothers.


Ravana Phadi cave, Aihole in Karnataka



  • Airurpara
  • Irunilamcode
  • Bharatanpara

Madhya Pradesh[edit]


Painting of the mountain of Ellora, by Thomas Daniell (1803).


Tamil Nadu[edit]


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Rock cut Sivan kovil". Archaeology department, Tamilnadu Government. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cave temple cries for attention". The Hindu (India). 10 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rock-cut Vishnu temple". Archaeological Survey of India. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "District Tourist Places". Villupuram district, Tamilnadu Government. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Study uncovers interesting details of cave temple architecture". The Hindu (India). 27 October 2010. 

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