Nomenclature Bhimbetka owes its name to the characters of the longest epic in the world, the Mahabharata.
It is believed that when the five brothers, called Pandavas, were banished from their kingdom, they came here and stayed in these caves, the massive rocks seating the gigantic frame of Bhima, the second Pandava.
Green paintings at Bhoranwali, Bhimbetka Period II (Mesolithic) Comparatively smaller in size, the stylised figures in this group show linear decoration on the body.
In addition to animals, there are human figures and hunting scenes giving a clear picture of the weapons used in those times.
The rock art of Bhimbetka has been classified into various groups on the basis of the style and subject.