Mahakali Caves

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Mahakali Caves
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Mahakali Caves
Location Andheri (East), Mumbai
Coordinates 19°07′50″N 72°52′27″E / 19.130436°N 72.874133°E / 19.130436; 72.874133Coordinates: 19°07′50″N 72°52′27″E / 19.130436°N 72.874133°E / 19.130436; 72.874133
Altitude 70 m (230 ft)
Geology Basalt
Entrances 20
Difficulty easy
Mahakali caves

The Mahakali Caves (Marathi: महाकाली गुंफा) (also known as the Kondivite Caves) are a group of 19 rock-cut monuments built between 1st century BCE and 6th century CE.[1]

This Buddhist monastery is located in the western suburb of Andheri in the city of Mumbai (Bombay) in western India. Monument consists of two groups of rock-cut caves - 4 caves more to the north-west and 15 caves more to the south-east.[2] Most caves are viharas and cells for monks, but Cave 9 of south-eastern group is chaitya. Caves in north-west have been created mainly in 4th - 5th century, while south-eastern group is older. Monument contains also rock-cut cisterns and remnants of other structures.

Caves are carved out of a solid black basalt rock. The largest cave at Mahakali (Cave 9) has seven depictions of the Buddha and figures from Buddhist mythology but all are mutilated.[3]

Click here to see photosphere of the city from atop of Mahakali Caves.

It is located near the junction between the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and SEEPZ. The road that connects these monuments to Andheri Kurla Road is named Mahakali Caves Road after it. The caves are located on a hill that overlooks the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and the SEEPZ++ area.[4] A Direct bus run by the BEST links the caves with Andheri station. The caves are in danger of being encroached upon.

Buddha Stupa in Mahakali Caves.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Jaisinghani, Bella (13 July 2009). "Ancient caves battle neglect". Times of India. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Mahakali Caves or Kondivita Caves - rock-cut Buddhist temples". Wondermondo. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  3. ^ Bavadam, Lyla (Jul 18–31, 2009). "In a shambles". Frontline. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  4. ^ Gaur, Abhilash (2004-01-25). "Pay dirt: Treasure amidst Mumbai’s trash". The Tribune. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 

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