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Kanheri Caves: Ancient Buddhist Learning Center in Mumbai



  Oct 07, 2023

Kanheri caves


The Kanheri Caves are a group of caves and rock-cut monuments located within the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in the Borivali region of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Here's a brief overview of the Kanheri Caves:
 

Kanheri Caves Overview:

Ancient Buddhist Site: The Kanheri Caves are primarily known as an ancient Buddhist learning center and are closely associated with the growth and development of Buddhism in Western India.
 
Time Period: The caves date back to the 1st century BCE and were used as Buddhist monasteries until the 10th century CE.
 
Number of Caves: There are over 100 caves at the site, carved out of a basaltic hill.
 

Architectural Features:

The caves feature various Buddhist architectural styles, including stupas, chaityas (prayer halls), viharas (monasteries), and cells for monks.
 
Many of the caves have inscriptions in ancient scripts.
 
The caves house many sculptures and reliefs of Buddha and Bodhisattvas.
 
Significance: Kanheri Caves provide important evidence regarding the history of Buddhism in the region. The site showcases the Hinayana phase of Buddhism in its initial caves, while the later ones demonstrate the Mahayana phase.
 
Access: Being located within the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the site is both a historical attraction and a popular spot for picnics and treks.


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