Sunday, April 3, 2011


  • Akuna and Madanna Caves Akkana and Madanna, who were ministers in the court of Abdul Hasan Tanashah in the 17th century.and these rock-cut caves were named after them. Though Akkanna and Madanna were not responsible for the carving of these caves, they were actively associated with them as they had their Secretariat on these premises. These two were brothers or cousins or near relatives, (there are many versions about their relationship,) the duo had a glorious career and a tragic end.

  •  These caves are dated as they belong to 6th and 7th centuries AD. The cave, facing east, has a rectangular on octagonal pillars, and lower cave is triple-celled with a pillared. This architecture echoes the richness of the bygone era and the tragic end of great administrators of Kutub Shah, who ruled this part of the country during 1611 and 1672 AD. The structures even recall the Buddhist patterns inherited from Ikshvaku art style.

  •  Historians contend that the caves are assigned variously to the early Pallava, Vishnukundin and Chalukya periods. The upper cave is a rock-cut temple dedicated to the Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. The surroundings are fragrant with sweet-smelling and colourful flowers.Sure, It can be a great time to spend there, enjoying the refreshing breezes of Krishna River, under the cool shade of the neem trees. 

  • A short distance away is another cave that dates back to the 2nd century BC, which hosts the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. These are located at the foot of the hillock, above which, the famous KanakaDurga temple is present, in the city of Vijayawada, Krishna District, Andhrapradesh, INDIA. The caves are sutivated on the way to kanaka durga devi temple.   

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