- Maharashtra-A state of Magic has an exceptional and ingrained history that is ultimately bound to its geography.
- Most of this living patrimony can be seen in the form of the monuments, while other dark, heirship and mysterious secrets are unearthed in caves of Maharashtra.
- Only in Maharashtra, one can find around eight hundred large, small and some concealed within the hills Buddhist caves.
- Its give the idea like there is a whole new world to explore beneath the surface of rocks.
- Mostly caves in Maharashtra are waiting for some assiduity and still unmapped, thus altogether giving rise to a new adventure sport called “caving”.
- From rock cutting cultures to sculptures, there is lot to learn and explore from caves in Maharashtra. So let’s follow the list, which is as follows:
- Ajanta caves have always been a history of the attraction. They are a group of twenty-nice Buddhists temple caves surrounded by scenic beauty. The Ajanta caves have been the storage of history in India from the second century onwards.
- During the period of the south ruler’s Satavahanas and the later periods have specially made Ajanta a gallery of architecture, paintings, inscriptions, and Buddhist religion and educational centers.
- The Ajanta caves have served as a stockpile for many historical records from which we understand the culture of India.
- The Ajanta caves are open throughout the year but remain closed every Monday. The caves are open for the tourists to visit between 9.00 AM and 5:30 PM (IST).
- India’s country of rich heritage and culture, and we often find the most admired work of art from historic times.
- Pandavleni Cave is a place given as a gift and donation by the kings who tossed a few crumbs on the Buddhist culture and their scholars, this beautiful cave has become a tourist attraction in the recent years.
- The best time to visit the Pandavleni caves is during the period of October to March because of the favorable and safe climate for the tourists.
- Bahrot caves consist of water cisterns, seven in a row to form the face of the cliff.
- Basically, the cisterns are water tanks rectangular in shape and only one of them hold water till the beginning of February or end of January.
- They get filled up during the Monsoon season. The largest of the tanks remain filled up for the entire year, which protects their sacred icon known as the Iran Shah Fire.
- The special element about this Bahrot cave is that it shows the sign of trading at that particular time also between the Gujarat coast and Iranian Zoroastrians because of the presence of pottery, coins, and glassware.
- The Ellora caves group comprises of five Jain caves, seventeen Hindu caves, and twelve Buddhist caves.
- The Ellora caves reflect the sacrosanct sentiments of the people of that era.
- The cave temples can be visited any day except Tuesday. There is no specific time to visit the caves.
- These Caves are a cluster of caves situated at Gharapuri on the Elephanta Island in the Mumbai Harbour.
- The island is situated on a projection of Arabian Sea comprises of two cave groups, the first group includes five Hindu caves and the second one-two Buddhist caves respectively.
- Historians have dated the Elephanta caves and said it belongs to the fifth-eighth century and they are of great historical importance.
- The best time to visit caves is from October to February.