Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024

Uperkot caves




 These caves are located at Uperkot, carved in 2nd – 3rd century A.D. These caves have influence of Satvahana architecture with combination of Graeco- Scythian style. According to ASI “The cave group is in three tiers, with all members of each gallery shown in semi-relief, but only two stories having regular floors. The upper floor has a deep tank, covered on three sides with verandas and Kakshasana on west and north- west side. Lower floor has with corridor and pillars. The lower floor has exquisitely carved pillars whose base, shaft and capital carry unique decorative design.” These caves have alluring columns, entry gates, and water tanks. Moreover, the Chatiya and its horseshoe shaped windows and meditation cell. It has 300 ft deep canal which has crocodiles.