Borra Caves

Andhra Pradesh Shiva Temples

The Borra Caverns, additionally called Borra Guhalu, are situated on the East Bank of India, in the Ananthagiri slopes of the Araku Valley (with slope reaches’ rise changing from 800 to 1,300 m (2,600 to 4,300 ft)) of the Visakhapatnam region in Andhra Pradesh. The caverns, one of the biggest in the nation, at a height of around 705 m (2,313 ft), unmistakably show an assortment of speleothems going in size and unpredictably formed stalactites and stalagmites. The caverns are fundamentally karstic limestone structures stretching out to a profundity of 80 m (260 ft), and are viewed as the most profound collapses India.


The native name for the caves is Borra Guhalu. Borra means hole in Odia language and guhalu means caves in Telugu language
The caverns were found in 1807, by William Ruler George of the Topographical Overview of India.



On the disclosure of the caverns, there are a few legends, which the tribals (Jatapu, Porja, Kondadora, Nookadora, valmiki etc…) who occupy the towns around the caverns describe. The well known legend is that a dairy animals, touching on the highest point of the caverns, dropped 60 m (200 ft) through an opening in the rooftop. The cowherd while scanning for the dairy animals ran over the caverns. He found a stone inside the cavern that looked like a Lingam, which he deciphered as the Ruler Shiva who ensured the bovine. The town people who heard the story trusted it and from that point forward they have constructed a little sanctuary for Master Shiva outside the cavern. Individuals run to the sanctuary for adore and the cavern to get a brief look at the Lingam.
Another expressive legend is that the Shiva Lingam speaking to the Hindu God Ruler Shiva, is discovered somewhere down in the caverns or more which is a stone development of a dairy animals (Sanskrit: Kamadhenu). It is construed that the udder of this dairy animals is the wellspring of the Gosthani (Sanskrit: Bovine’s udder) Stream which begins from here, moves through Vizianagram and Visakhapatnam regions before discharging into the Inlet of Bengal close Bheemunipatnam.

Geology and atmosphere

The caverns are situated in the Araku Valley of the Ananthagiri slope go and is depleted by the Gosthani Waterway. At the passage, the cavern matches 100 m (330 ft) on a level plane and 75 m (246 ft) vertically. Stalagmite and stalactite arrangements are found in the caverns.
The normal yearly temperature of Araku slopes, where the caverns are arranged, is around 25 °C (77 °F). The normal yearly precipitation detailed is 950 mm (3.12 ft) (for the most part happening during the upper east storm). The Gosthani waterway gives water flexibly to the Visakhapatnam city.


The local geography in the Eastern Ghats versatile belt, where the caverns are found, is spoken to by the khondalite set-up of rocks (garnetiferrous sillimanite gneisses, quartzo-feldsphatic garnet gneisses) of Archaen age. Quaternary stores comprise of red bed residue, laterites, pediment fans, colluvium, alluvium and seaside sands. The collapses the saved woodland territory essentially have an assortment of speleothems of different sizes and sporadically formed stalactites and stalagmites. The carbonate rocks are unadulterated white, and coarsely crystalline and the distorted and united marbles spread a triangular territory of two km2 (0.77 sq mi); encompassed by diopside–scapolite–feldspar calc-granulites. The pyroxenite outcrops are dim and huge and incorporate broken calc-silicate groups, some of earthy colored mica and others with calcite.


The Gosthani Waterway, which begins from these caverns and streams between the hardened stalactites and stalagmites in the karstic limestones arrangement, is the reason for the advancement of the odd states of structures. Water permeating from the top of the caverns break up limestone and stream drop by drop to frame stalactites at the top of the cavern and afterward dribbling to the cold earth structure stalagmites. These stores have formed into fascinating structures and structures inside the caverns, for example, Shiva–Parvati, Mother–Kid, Rishi’s facial hair, human cerebrum, mushrooms, crocodile, sanctuary, church, and so on. These shapes have caught the creative mind of voyagers, while some have been given strict translations.

Developments in the caverns

The caverns are profound and absolutely aphotic. There is a region in the caverns with restricted light infiltration. The stalactites found in the caverns are about 0.1 to 3.5 m (0.3 to 11.5 ft) long while the stalagmites are 1.2 m (3.9 ft) long and sections are 6 m (20 ft) in stature and 0.75 m (2.5 ft) in width. The stature of the cavern is 12 m (39 ft) and the length is around 200 m (660 ft). The normal temperature of the internal cavern divider is accounted for to be around 16 °C (61 °F). Sulfur springs release into the cavern sections causing consumption of limestone. The spring waters show drifting bodily fluid like biofilms.
These are thick orange microbial mats (2.5 to 3 cm [1.0 to 1.2 in] thick) with patches of yellow biofilms broadening 3 m (9.8 ft) from the aphotic profound cavern opening.
While the caverns are fundamentally limestone developments, the region encompassing these are of mica arrangements which are prospected for valuable stones like rubies.
Archeological ancient rarities (Paleolithic actualizes) have been found in the caverns. The unearthings did in the caverns by the archeologists of the Andhra College, have uncovered stone devices of center Paleolithic culture going back 30,000 to 50,000 years, which affirm human home.


Speleothem carbonates found in the caverns have been dependent upon logical examinations. In fluviatile, spring, cavern and soil situations microbial carbonates are significant. In the biofilms as well as microbial mats, which are shaped in the caverns, the key creatures related are microorganisms, especially cyanobacteria, little green growth and parasites. Petrographic examination of a slight area has revealed the nearness of lithified structures and micrite, present as covered to coagulated with chocolate-earthy colored blebs. These are indistinguishable from microbialites seen in present day and antiquated stromatolitic carbonates. Lab perceptions with checking electron magnifying instrument (SEM) have likewise affirmed the nearness of calcified microorganisms, smaller scale bars, and needle calcite. Natural mats (yellow-orange in shading) are comprised of mineralized filamentous microscopic organisms, bacterial stalks, cells and sheaths. In this manner, these investigations have shown that microorganisms have effectively affected the beginning of speleothems of the Borra Caverns.

Natural condition

Smaller scale creatures

The impact of microorganisms in the mats on the cavern arrangement and their job on iron mineral precipitation has been additionally considered. A report demonstrates a connection between iron–rich mats development and iron hastening bacteria.

Fauna and vegetation

The fauna saw in the caverns are prevalently bats, just as the brilliant gecko. The kind of bat announced is the fulvous organic product bat (Rousettus leschenaultii) – an animal categories which perches in enormous caverns, old structures, cells and dull zones of old fortresses. This species has short and slim musculature with enormous, all around created eyes. They feed on blossoms and natural products, especially jamun, guava, silk, cotton and mango.


Habrobathynella borraensis was portrayed from the Borra Caverns. It is the primary Indian cavernicolous types of the family Habrobathynella.

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