Karla Caves - The Oldest Cave Temples of India


Karla Caves are an amazing place to visit while on a tour to Pune city. It is one of the most attractions near Pune city. These Caves are located in Karla close to Lonavala, a hill station about 114 kms away from Mumbai. The Karla Caves in Pune is a fine instance of Indian rock cut architechture and these caves were built by Buddhist monks in 2nd and 3rd Century BC.

Karla Caves near Lonavala near Pune cityThe Karla Caves are an amazing place to visit near Pune. It is really worthy to include the Karla Caves in your visits and excursions to Pune city. Karla caves are located in Karla town which is close to the famous hill station of Lonawala. Lonawala is about 114 Kms. from Mumbai. The Karla Caves are at a distance of about 40 Kms. from Pune city.

The Karla Caves in Pune are an example of very nice Indian rock cut architecture. The Karla Caves were built by the Bhddhist monks who lived during 3rd and 2nd Century BC. The Karla Caves were built during the Satavahana dynasty. These caves are very beautiful to watch. The Karla Caves have large collection of Chaityas ( Prayer halls).


Entrance of Karla Caves near Pune cityThere are a number of ancient rock-cut architectures of caves in India. But every one agrees that the most impressive Chaitya - the Buddhist prayer hall - is located at Karla Caves. The Karla Caves the highest achievement of Indian Rock-cut architecture of those times and are an example of richly decorated rock-cut temples of India.

The Karla Caves contain very huge Chaitya - the largest and the most beautiful among the 1000 caves temples in India. These caves were carved in 1st Century BC. This cave temple is considered to be the highest achievement of Indian Cave architecture. The Stone carvings depict people, lions, and elephants - and it is believed that the sculptures of elephants in the central hall originally had tusks of genuine ivory.

Chaitya at karla Caves near Pune cityAt the entrance of this chaithya ( Large prayer hall) stands 15 m high pillar with exquisite capital adorned with lions. Rows of pillars divide the Chaitya into three parts - Central hall, and narrow side aisles, divided by two rows of ornate pillars - 15 pillars in each row.

Contrary to some other cave temples, the ceiling in Karla Cave No. 12 has wooden ribs and not stone ribs. This woodwork (chhatri) is unique – wood has been cut 2,000 years ago and has been preserved rather well, without signs of corrosion. One more interesting feature of Karla Caves is that we do not see any image of Buddha in these caves. The chaitya here is 45 meter long. We can say that it is one of the best in India.


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