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PANCHA PANDAVA MALAI ANCIENT JAIN CAVES

Melpadi, Tamilnadu, India

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Pancha Pandava Malai Jain Caves is an ancient Jain Caves located on Pancha Pandava Malai hillock near Vilapakkam Town in Vellore District of Tamilnadu. The name Pancha Pandava Malai is associated with Pandavas from Mahabharata. It is one of the largest cave excavations among the Mahendra style caves. The hilly area was a flourishing Jain center during the early medieval period as it is evident from the rock cut cave temple, natural caverns with Jaina figures and inscriptions. The rock cut cave temple is a large excavation on the eastern lace of the huge hill.

Interesting Facts

  • This hill is referred as Tiruppanmalai and there are references of a figure of Yakshi, Naganadi and a Jain Thirthankara.
  • The figure of Yakshi is carved on a large rock face near a pool of water. Yakshi is shown sitting under a tree with one leg on the ground and one leg bent on the seat holding a chauri (fan).
  • There are four figures around Yakshi, There is a Jain Tirthankara figure on the top of the rock face shown seated in Yogasana.
  • On southern face of the same rock we see two carved figures, one of naked male figure and an animal.

Suggested time duration

2 Hours

Crowded Period

Weekend

Best Season To Visit

June to November

Do's & Dont's

  • Do not enter restricted zone, which is meant for your safety
  • Do not consume liquor and go in to the caves.

Architecture

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Timings

Day Start Time End Time Adult Entry Fee Child Entry Fee
All Days
08:00 AM 05:00 PM Free Free

Transport Connections

Name Distance Contact Number
Vellore Bus Stand
26.3 KM 044-30986319
Katpadi Railway Station Junction
28.9 KM 0416-2642628
Vellore Airport
54.2 KM 09500575043

What to Carry

Carry Water Bottles & Snacks

Suitable For

Adults Elderly Children

Parking

Parking is Available for 10 Cars

Nearest Town

Town Name Distance
Vilapakkam 3 KM

Nearest Temples

SHRI SOMANATHEESWARA TEMPLE
 Melpadi, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

A Chola period temple built by Parantaka Chola-I between 907-953 A.D

Distance: 3.7 KM
SRI VILWANATHESWARAR TEMPLE
 Tiruvalam, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

A Scar on Lingam and Nandi Facing opposite to Deity

Distance: 20 KM
JALAKANDESWARAR TEMPLE
 Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

Fort Temple built in middle of a water tank (called Agazhi in Tamil)

Distance: 25.8 KM
SRI NAGESWARAR TEMPLE
 Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

Ancient temple, a Parihara Sthalam, located in the heart of the Ambur town

Distance: 27.3 KM
SRI SHENBAKKAM SWAYAMBU SELVA VINAYAGAR TEMPLE
 Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

To let sages worship the Celestial Gods, main shrine has no roof

Distance: 27.9 KM
SRI GNANAMALAI SUBRAMANYA SWAMY TEMPLE
 Govindacherikuppam, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

This temple disappeared during 17th C.E and discovered back in 1998

Distance: 30.7 KM
SRI MAHENDRAVADI ROCK CUT TEMPLE
 Mahendravadi, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

It is the only monolithic rock-cut cave temple which is dedicated to Vishnu

Distance: 38.8 KM
SRI UTHARA RANGANATHAR SWAMY TEMPLE
 Pollikonda, Tamilnadu, India

The first place where Lord Vishnu tried stopping Saraswathi who was flowing as river Vegavathi

Distance: 47 KM
SRI MALVANANGEESWARAR TEMPLE
 Tirumalpur, Tamilnadu, India

This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 11th Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu.

Distance: 54 KM
SRI JALANATHEESWARAR TEMPLE
 Thakkolam, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Sthalams and 12th Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu

Distance: 63.1 KM

Nearest Attractions

Heritage MonumentsDELHI GATE ARCOT
  Arcot, Tamilnadu, India

The Gate is surrounded by remarkable hills like Ratnagiri, Jamadhi and Palamathi hills that attracts tourists.

Distance:9 KM
TrekkingBAGAYAM HILL TREKKING
  Bagayam, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India.

Bagayam hill is a perfect destination for a great time with your dear ones

Distance:22.5 KM
Heritage MonumentsMUTHU MANDAPAM
  Thottapalayam, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India.

Referred as the Pearl Palace

Distance:25.3 KM
MuseumARCHAEOLOGY SURVEY OF INDIA MUSEUM
  Vellore, Tamilnadu, India.

Museum has Artifact Collection from about 8th c.e

Distance:27.5 KM
FortVELLORE FORT
  Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

Vellore Fort is one of the most massive forts built during its time and is considered as one of the unique forts in India.

Distance:27.2 KM
WildlifeAMRITHI ZOOLOGICAL PARK
  Amirthi, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

The area is lush with trees, herbal plants and different varieties of Birds and Animals.

Distance:34.5 KM
DamMORDHANA DAM
  Jangalapalli R.F., Tamilnadu, India

The enormous Mordhana Dam stands proud and powerful over the river 'Koundanyanadhi'.

Distance:73 KM
WaterfallsAMIRTHI WATER FALL
  Puthur R.F., Tamilnadu, India

Amirthi – The Forest, the Zoo and the Cascade

Distance:78.2 KM
Hill StationJAVADI HILLS
  Bheemakulam, Tamilnadu, India.

The Presence Of An Uncrowded Stainless Atmosphere

Distance:96.8 KM

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