Pandava caves of Mahur

Shri Kshetra Mahur has mythological and historical significance. The Pandava caves, which have Mahur's historic glory, are at a distance of one kilometre north of the Mahur city. The Ancient Pandava caves are north-facing and carved in a hill. These caves are carved for up to 170 feet in the hill. There are steps to go to the caves. Caves are generally carved in the 6th to 7th century, during the Rashtrakuta dynasty and there are four caves. There are five sculptures in the caves in it.

There is a large cave with stone pillars in the middle. There are two full columns and two semi-columns in the front of this cave. Six full columns and 2 semi-columns get rid of their attention while entering the foremost hall of the caves. On these pillars are carved sculptures like Shankar, Parvati, Durga, Mahishasur Mardini and others. The idol cannot be recognized quickly because white colour applied to the columns. Beside to this hall, there is the sanctum sanctorum. Shivalinga is established in sanctum sanctorum. On the entrance of the sanctum, the grand courtyards of the doorkeepers are engraved on both sides. 

There are two partial caves on the left side of the main cave. Ganpati's idol is carved in one cave and other caves are empty. On the right side of the main cave, there are two full and two semi-columns in the front of the caves. There is a large Porch on the sides of the columns and the cloister are carved out of both sides. Both cloisters are similar. Two full and two semi-column columns are carved on both sides of the cloisters. These sculpture of gods do not appear quickly due to darkness.

There are three other caves covered in the inside of this cave, in which the idols of Deities are carved. The stone bench is carved in these three caves.

Winter is the perfect season to visit Pandava Caves.

It is a legend that Lord Shri Krishna sent the five Pandavas with Mata Kunti to Shri Kshetra Mahur by the subway of Pandav Caves. During Pandavas exile, the battle of Bhima and Hidimba monster, Bhima and Hidimba marriage and Ghatotkacha were born in the somewhere area of Pandava Caves. 
This is the legend story of the name Pandava Caves was called.

Emeritus professor History of Art at the University of Michigan, Walter Spink Studied and surveyed the cave at Mahur and mentioned that the period of caves construction was in the period from 757 to 954. Professor Walter M. Spink is recognized as the world's leading expert in Ajanta caves. But he is much more than just an art historian.


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