Whenever we think of caves, an image of a stone or rocks in ruin state comes into a mind. But when you look at Karla caves also known as Karle cave you are completely startle to see the beauty and the architecture and the skill with which it has been built. What has led to the formation of such huge cave? Who built it and how? When was it built and how long did it take to complete this enormous structure? These entire questions will make you baffled and curious.
One fact that will absolutely make your jaw drop is that the construction of these caves can be dated back to second sanctuary B.C. The structure and the architecture tell you so much about Karla caves.
ARCHITECTURE OF KARLA CAVES
These are also referred as Karli Caves, Karle Caves or Karla Cells. The caves and the karla temple are located at 10 km away from the hustle bustle of Lonavala. It is believed that these are the oldest of the cave shrines and these are associated with the Mahāsāṃghika sect of Buddhism which was prominent in this region of India.
Although there are other caves called bhaja caves, bedse caves etc. but this one is special and famous because of chaityagriha or Great Chaitya cave, or Cave No.8, a prayer hall of 120 CE.
This Chaityagriha is 45 metres long and up to 14 metre high. It is completely carved out of rock nothing has been used in addition to it. There are fifteen pillars flanked on both the side of the hall which is adorned with beautiful sculptures of human and animals. So the whole structure looks very beautiful with all the detailing. Also when you see at the ceiling you will get to see the wooden work which is approximately two thousand years old. To see how it used to look hundred years before you can go through a Wikipedia page which has its old photograph. The beautiful carving on the walls actually say lot more about the skills the people had had that time. The beautiful carving on the walls actually say lot more about the skills the people had had that time.
Karle cave in lonavla are a must visit caves for all history lovers. It will take you back in time and you will be drawn closer to the nature as it is blend of spirituality and natural beauty!