Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pandava Caves, Aravelam

The ancient Caves in Aravelam is must visit place for history buffs. These 6th century caves are small that have 5 compartments. The Buddhist monks have carved these caves out of a single hard laterite rock. 


These caves are also known as the Pandava caves as it is believed that Pandavas have stayed here at some point during their 12 year exile as described in the Mahabharata.


At a later period these caves have been converted to shaivite caves. 


Shivlings carved out of granite of different shapes and sizes have been placed in each of these caves. These Shivlings are placed on raised platforms.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Flower Garden of Samdruptse

In the park where tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Samdruptse is located there is a beautiful garden.



There are variety of colourful flowers in this garden.



We could also see some flowers that I was seeing for the first time.