Trimurti Cave is one of the best example of Dravidian Architect style of 8th Century.Here there are three rock cut temples built on a hundred feet high cliff. The temples are dedicated to the three supreme God of Hindus, namely Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahesh.
The sculpture and the architecture style is a good piece of art and it also shows the excellent impression of art and architecture of our bygone past. The Trimurti Cave Temple is dated to the early 8th century. It has separate sections in a sequenced dedicated to each of the Hindu trinity gods of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva or Maheshwara. The three shrines are cut out from the rock-face. Each shrine is flanked by pilasters(The pilaster is an architectural element in classical architecture used to give the appearance of a supporting column and to articulate an extent of wall, with only an ornamental function. ) with guardian figures. On the rear wall of the cave, individual carvings of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva attended by devotees are carved.
This small collection of rock carvings are located in the same ‘park’ area as Krishna’s Butterball and the Arjuna Penance carvings and so is easily accessed and viewed in a small area which is all free. Stretch your legs, it is worth the walk. It is different to the other shrines, try to discover the carvings on the nearby big stones that surround it on the back
The caves reflect a transitional style architecture evolved during the rule of kings Mahendra Varman I and Rajasimha or Narasimhavarman I known as Mamalla and this style was continued by his son Parameshvaravarman I. The Pallavas were great patrons of art.