Sunday, October 21, 2007

Western India’s Buddhist Link

Set in the heart of the Borivali National Park, 42 km north of Mumbai, the Kanheri Caves consist of 109 caves dating from the 1st century BC to the 9th century AD.

11 Km from Lonavala, are the Karla Caves, dating back to the 2nd century BC. The oldest and finest examples of early Buddhist rock cut temple art in India. Karla has a magnificent Chaitya Hall, the largest and most evolved examples of its class.

12 km from Lonavala are the 18 Bhaja Caves. 10 are Viharas (monasteries), while Cave 12 is an open Chaitya., earlier than Karla contaqining a simple dagobha. The last cave to the south has excellent sculptures including that of the famous Dancing Couple. The Birthplace of Maratha Chieftain Chhatrapati Shivaji, Junnar is 177 Km from Mumbai on the Mumbai-Aurangabad Route. The hills surrounding the plains of Junnar are boneycombed with a cluster of Buddhist caves, divided into three district groups, the Tulija Lena Group, the Manmodi Hills Group and the Ganesh Lena Group.

Awe-inspiring breathtaking, truly timless... the famed frescoes of the Ajanta Caves, included in the World Heritage List of Monuments, are situated 104 km from Aurangabad. A unique combinations of Architecture, sculpture and paintings, the 39 caves demonstrate the sheer mastery of the unknown artists., illustrating the major events from the life of Buddha and tales from the Jatakas.

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