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Pandavleni Caves – An Ancient Rock-Cut Architecture of Nashik

Written By: Akshatha

Buddhism is a widespread religion, it is said to have originated in Bihar, India. Pandavleni caves in Nashik is one such rock-cut architecture, representing Hinayana Buddhism.

'Leni' in the Marathi language means caves and Pandav is the later name given to these caves in Maharashtra. Pandav leni was earlier called as 'Trirashmi caves', later it was changed to the current name. However, these caves in Nashik is nowhere related to Mahabharatha or Pandavas in the epic.

Buddha leni in Nashik is said to have sculpted during 3rd C BC - 2nd C AD.The Vihara and the Chaitya are the main caves among the group of 24 caves.

Vihara (Buddhist Monasteries) and Chaitya (prayer hall with a stupa) can be seen in every Buddha leni. Pandavleni caves were the meeting places for monks to pray and study Buddha or Buddhism.

Inside the Buddha leni are the statues of Buddha and the inscriptions dating to the period of 3 kingdoms: the Kshatrapas, the Satavahanas, and the Abhirs.

Located in Trirashmi mountains, it is good to visit Pandavleni caves in the early morning; as one can see the sculptures well during that time.

One should not miss a trip to Pandavleni caves in Nashik, Maharashtra.

Vihara
  

Vihara

The main rock-cut cave of Pandavleni caves in Nashik.
Photo Courtesy: Rashmi.parab

Chaitya
  

Chaitya

The prayer hall is one of the main caves of Pandavleni.
Photo Courtesy: Prabuddha

Pandavleni caves in Maharashtra
  

Pandavleni caves in Maharashtra

Another view of Pandavleni caves.
Photo Courtesy: Pmohite

Statue of Buddha
  

Statue of Buddha

Pandavleni caves is also called as Buddhaleni.
Photo Courtesy: Prabuddha

Statue of Mahavir
  

Statue of Mahavir

Sculpture of Mahavir in Pandavleni caves of Nashik.
Photo Courtesy: Raama

Sculptures of Jain Thirthankaras
  

Sculptures of Jain Thirthankaras

Carvings of Jain Thirthankaras in the Pandavleni complex near Gomai river.
Photo Courtesy: Raama 

Destroyed Mahavir Statue
  

Destroyed Mahavir Statue

Partially destroyed statue of Mahavir in Pandavleni caves in Maharashtra.
Photo Courtesy: Raama 

Stupa in Pandavleni
  

Stupa in Pandavleni

Stupa inside Chaityagrha in Pandavleni caves.
Photo Courtesy: Prabuddha

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