Friday, July 27, 2018

Mahendravadi Rock Cut Cave Temple, Vellore

Mahendravadi Rock Cut Cave Temple, Vellore
Mahendravadi Rock Cut Cave Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Mahendravadi Village in Vellore District of Tamilnadu. This Rock Cut Cave Temple was constructed by Mahendravarman I. The cave temple is formed by completely scooping out a large free-standing boulder. The sanctum sanctorum houses an image of Lord Narsimha. Among the seven rock cut caves accompanying the inscriptions of Mahendravarman I, Mahendra-Vishnugriha, is the lone rock cut cave temple dedicated to Vishnu (Murari). The inscription in the Mahendra – Vishnugriha (Mahendravadi) mentions about the presence of Mahendra-Thataka (Mahendra Lake) around Mahendravadi.



History
This cave temple is maintained by Archeological Society of India, belongs to the period of Pallava King, Mahendra Varman I (AD 580-630). According to the inscriptions, this was excavated by Gunabhara on the bund of a large tank called Mahendra Thataka in the city of Mahendrapura. This village, erstwhile a big town was established by a Pallava King, Mahendra Varman I, who was ruling the great Pallava kingdom. It was considered that the historical town extended its boundary from the existing Mahendravadi as Mela Veedhi (West Street) and Keezh Veedhi (East Street). Kilvidhi is a village located at the distance of 4.5 km from Mahendravadi.



The Parpana street and Big Street shows evidence of a very old house system in culture and towards worship of Lakshmi Narayan and Siva. There are two old temples, namely Siva Temple and Lakshmi Narayanan Temple, which define the history of the village. It was believed that these temples were from the Pallava Period. There was a huge tank and fort in this village in the olden days.



The Rock Cut Cave Temple
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