Edithanur Cave, Kondapur – Painting History with New Hues

Telangana is a rich repository of unique historical sites and locales. The Edithanur caves in Kondapur are one such treasure. Liberally adorned with cave paintings dating back to the Neolithic age, the Edithanur village is a beautiful destination on the Telangana tourism map and an important tourist spot of Medak.

Depicting the lives of men and women in the Neolithic ages, the Edithanur cave paintings are a lesson in history. Estimated to have originated between the years 2300 BC to 900 BC, the Edithanur village mainly comprises these treasures of history. The expansive hillock of boulders which frequently dot the Edithanur landscape also enclose a shrine of the Mother goddess which can be traced back to the medieval era.

Edithanur Cave Painting dated back to 2300 BC to 900 BC

Edithanur Cave Painting dated back to 2300 BC to 900 BC – Image Source: indculture0.tripod.com

Each boulder and niche of the area are engraved with beautiful representations of the life and times of the Neolithic age. A prehistoric hunting scene etched out on one of the boulders is truly worth mentioning. It depicts two huge bulls which are surrounded by men who are engaged in a hunt. One of the animals is shown with its long curving horns raised upwards and the men, drawn as stick figures, attacking it with spears and javelins.

The painting is extremely realistic and is also believed by some to be a baby elephant and not a bull.

It is interesting to note that not all caves display well-defined paintings. Some display few strokes and lines and can be interpreted according to what it closely resembles. A fitting example is the one with a set of wavy lines and the circle which has been interpreted variously as a fish in water or as Mother Goddess. This helps to add an element of intrigue to the paintings and enhances the charm of the place.

It is thrilling to explore the paintings through the maze of tunnels, the row of natural caves and cavities that are abundantly scattered throughout Edithanur. The cave paintings are currently preserved in the Archeological Museum in Kondapur.

Also found in the area is Sidddhula Gutta carved out in a niche in the hills surrounding the area. The Siddhula Gutta is believed to have been the cave which was inhabited by holy men, alchemists and healers who were known as Siddhas.

Numerous other caves lie undiscovered in Edithanur. Legends and rumours of unnatural accidents shroud these unexplored caves in mystery. Nevertheless, whatever remains is sufficient to leave the roving eye enchanted.

Location: 1 Km from Sangaredddy Town, Telangana State

Distance to Archaeological Museum Kondapur:
– Distance from Hyderabad is 63 Kms (2 hours drive)
– Distance from Sangareddy town is 1 Km (12 min drive)
– Distance from Medak is 68 Kms (1.5 hours drive)

How to Reach:
– Nearest Railway Station is Zaheerabad. One can get down at Zaheerabad and catch a public bus to Sangareddy which is 57 Kms far from Zaheerabad.
– One can use public bus facility from Hyderabad to reach Sangareddy.
– State run buses ply from MGBS bus stand to Sangareddy every 40 min to 1 hour

Where to stay:
– Sangareddy town has some good basic accommodation facilities. Alternately one can stay at Hyderabad or Medak Town and reach this place.
– Medak provides ample accommodation options that are clean, comfortable and affordable. Moreover, being quite close to Hyderabad, tourists can also travel to Medak on day trips from Hyderabad.
– At Medak Anjagoud Hotels, Green Corner Hotel and Manama Hotel are some of the best accommodation options which can be explored

Timing Information: The Museum is open from 9 am – 5 pm on all days. The weekly closing day is Friday when it remains closed for public viewing.

Nearby Attractions:
Medak Church
– Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
Pocharam Dam Reservoir
Pocharam Forest & Wildlife Sanctuary

Important Contact Information:
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Kondapur-502 306 District Medak, Telangana
Ph: 08455-253625

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