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Bhaja Caves – An Ancient Relic of Pune

Written By: Akshatha

Bhaja or Bhaje caves are located near Lonavala , Pune. These are a group of 22 rock-cut caves belonging to 2nd Century BC. The inscriptions inside the Bhaja caves depict Hinayana Buddhism sect and they are protected as a National Monument.

The significant features of the caves are the stupas and the wooden architecture. Bhaja caves are estimated to be atleast 2200 years old. The most important excavation is its Chaityagrha(stupa) with a vaulted horseshoe ceiling and wooden architecture. The stupa's unique style shows the techniques used in an ancient age.

The carvings inside the Chaityagrha show a woman playing Tabla and another performing a dance. These carvings gives a trace of the history of Tabla (India's percussion Instrument).

Bhaja caves have 14 stupas and these stupas are the relics of resident monks, who died in Bhaja. The names of prominent monks are inscribed on these stupas: Ampinika, Dhammagiri, and Sanghdina.

Bhaja caves are a famous tourist attraction in Pune. Visiting this ancient site will definitely interesting!

Chaityagrha
  

Chaityagrha

The most prominent stupa

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Carvings in Chaityagrha
  

Carvings in Chaityagrha

Carvings portraying women playing Tabla


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A Stupa
  

A Stupa

A stupa inside the caves
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Wooden Architecture
  

Wooden Architecture

Wooden ceiling in Chaityagrha
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A Carving
  

A Carving

Carving on the wall
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The Bhaja Caves
  

The Bhaja Caves

A building inside Bhaja
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Ruined Carvings
  

Ruined Carvings

A Sculpture on the Pillar

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Waterfall Inside the Caves
  

Waterfall Inside the Caves

A waterfall near the last cave
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A Major Portion of the Caves
  

A Major Portion of the Caves

The main part of the Bhaja Caves
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Facade of the Caves
  

Facade of the Caves

The Exterior design of the Caves
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An Overview of Bhaja
  

An Overview of Bhaja

Panoramic view of the caves
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The Stone Steps
  

The Stone Steps

Stone steps leading to the caves
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