Karla Caves

Rock Cut Cave

 

Overview

The Karla Caves or Karle Caves or Karla Cells are a complex of ancient Indian Buddhist rock-cut cave shrines located in Karli near Lonavala, Maharashtra. The shrines were developed over the period – from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD. The oldest of the cave shrines is believed to date back to 160 BC, having arisen near a major ancient trade route, running eastward from the Arabian Sea into the Deccan. Karli's location in Maharashtra places it in a region that marks the division between North India and South India.[1] Buddhists, having become identified with commerce and manufacturing through their early association with traders, tended to locate their monastic establishments in natural geographic formations close to major trade routes so as to provide lodging houses for travelling traders.[2] Today, the cave complex is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.

The main cave features a large, intricately carved chaitya, or prayer hall, dating back to the 1st century BC. Within the complex are a great many other carved chaityas, as well as viharas, or dwelling places for the caves' monks. A notable feature of these caves is theirarched entrances and vaulted interiors. The outside facade has intricate details carved into it in an imitation of finished wood. The central motif is a largehorseshoe arch. There is an Ashokan pillar at the front, with a closed stone facade and torana in between. 

 

 

Location

Country
India
State
Maharashtra
City
Pune
Location
Lonavala
Address
Karla Caves, Lonavala, Pune, Maharashtra - 410405.
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Lonavala, Pune.
Nearest Railway Station
Pune Jn (PUNE)
Nearest Airport
Pune Airport
IN
latitude : 18.582099910 longitude :73.919700620
Corporation : Pune
GPS Code : VAPO
Open Year
2nd century BC
Area
45 metres (148 ft) long
Height
14 metres (46 ft) high

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