Lesser known rock-cut cave temple of Andhra Pradesh - Mogalrajpuram caves in Vijayawada
About rock-cut cave temples of IndiaRock-cut cave temples reflect the architectural excellence of the ancient Indian artisans. The earliest rock-cut architecture in India dates back to 2nd century B.C.E (Before Current Era), saw its zenith from 5th to 7th century C.E (Current Era) and lasted till 10th century C.E.
Barabar caves in the Indian state of Bihar are the oldest surviving rock-cut temples of India. Some of these temples trace back to 3rd century B.C.E during Mauryan Empire with Ashokan inscriptions. The ancient Indian artisans created awesome structures by carving and chiseling the rock surfaces that stand testimony of time.
Most of the rock-cut caves were made for religious purpose like Buddhist monasteries and Jain temples and Hindu temples. There is no dearth for such ancient rock-cut cave temples in India. These are found almost in all regions of the country some of which gained much popularity due to its magnificence which few didn't become popular and are lesser known to tourists.
Mogalrajpuram Rock-cut Cave Temple
The temple is located on a rocky hill in the middle of busily crowded area of Mogalrajpuram in Vijayawada.There are remains of a couple of broken rock carvings of few Indian gods which is in an unrecognizable state.
All around the ancient monument, there is concrete jungle with too many buildings that including residential flats, a couple of schools like Sri Chaitanya in the busy jam packed area and of course shops on the main road.
The worst part is that, there is a drainage attached to the compound wall of this ancient rock temple where you see many local people / pedestrians peeing. Local people are least bothered about the up-keeping of one of this unique rock-cut cave temples. But these people take pride in moving around the sophisticated malls and taking selfies.
The monument remains open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m and there is no entry fee. You can happily walk inside to have a peep into the ancient cave architecture of India. As you enter, you can see rocky steps on you right that lead to the hill top