Bhaje Caves, Karla. Must visit Historic Place.


Bhaje is small series of very early HInayana (Theravada) caves datable to second century B.C. to 1st century A.D. and consists of 29 excavations. The principal excavation at Bhaje is Chaitya, which resembles its timber precedent in design with ribbed timber fitted ceiling, plain octagonal shafts with a slight inward rake and much timber attachment or mortises left in the rock to house timber members in front and within. This is must see place for history and nature lovers!

Buddhist Excavation at Bhaje is small series of very early HInayana (Theravada) caves datable to second century B.C. to 1st century A.D. and consists of 29 excavations. Perhaps one of the oldest Buddhist religious centres in Deccan, it is hence significant to the development of caves Architecture. The principal excavation at Bhaje is Chaitya, which resembles its timber precedent in design with ribbed timber fitted ceiling, plain octagonal shafts with a slight inward rake and much timber attachment or mortises left in the rock to house timber members in front and within. The exterior of this prayer hall seems to have been fitted with a huge timber attachment that has since worn away to be replaced by a gaping hole. Such timber overlay is still evident inside the cave which has timber ribs spanning the entire width of roof. The Stupa is a plain conception in two simple parts consisting of cylindrical base supporting a tall domical body with a railing finial. There are 12 inscriptions in different caves. The other interesting feature of this group of caves is the cluster of Stupas.
Bhaje caves are protected as a national Monument by the archaeological Survey of India vide notification no 2704-A, dated 26/05/1909.

How to get there:

By Air
Nearest airport is Pune, 60 Kms.

By Rail
Nearest railhead is Malavi, 2 Kms. on Central Railway.

By Road
Karla is 118 kms. from Mumbai and 60 Kms from pune on Mumbai - Pune road.


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