CONTENTS:- Foreword; Preface; I. Introductory: Historical Setting; II. Architectural Features of the Caves; III. Iconological Study; IV. Later Phase of the Cave Temples; V. Rituals and Festivals; Conclusion; List of Illustrations.
Ever since K.V. Soundararajan, K.R. Srinivasan and H. Sarkar wrote about the cave temples of "the Deccan", "the Pallavas" and "Kerala", the cave temples in the Pandinadu sub-region of Tamilnadu have remained neglected. A numbers of western and Indian scholars have written about individual centres like Tirupparankunram (R.K.K. Rajarajan), Narttamalai (Gary J. Schwidler) and Malayatippatti (Raju Kalidos). A connected account of the Pandayan caves is still a desideratum.