The caves are close to Vijayawada. Meant first as meditation caves for Buddhists but later Hindus made them their own by carving out images of their gods and goddess in these rocks. The caves are in four levels. The ground level is still as plain as ever without images. They are bat infested. The next two levels are pillared with images in stone. Many images are worn-out or broken, since then patched up with cement. Many pillars carry a scroll capital, something seen in the creations of the Chalukyas in Karnataka. In fact, these images are most likely from the same period.
The best sculpture is that of Ananta Padmanabha Swamy, who is reclined flat on a seven-hooded snake. The caves are managed by ASI and pujas are not supposed to be performed. But who cares about such rules. Pujas are performed by many visitors. The security guard keeps the offerings. He also made a new rule just to annoy me into paying him something – I am not allowed to do a sketch.