Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Arvalem Caves

Arvalem Caves or Harvalem caves are rock cut caves in laterite hill on the way to Arvalem waterfalls. We came across them so suddenly, that we stopped to take a look at them.
They are situated in the south-east side of Sankhali town in Goa.These caves are upposed to be cut in 5th or 6th century AD.
There is a notice board announcing the location anddescription of the caves is in a rusty condition; nevertheless giving useful information about the shape of the lingas and the engrvings on the shrines.
                                     Notice Board by Archeological survey of India

                                              View of the caves from outside

                                                  Interior of the caves
                                         Siva Linga is sitting on a circular disc

                 

Other Siva lingas in the caves  
Because he stone is Laterite, the surface is rough and the detailing is bold as seen in the walls, steps and ceiling.
For all those lovers of history and archaeology, a visit to these caves is a must!

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