Karla and Bhaja Caves

Karla and Bhaja Caves, Khandala Overview

These caves depict an early phase of the Buddhist architecture. The characteristic features of these early temples were two establishments, each self-contained and consisting of a prayer hall (chaitya) and a monastery (vihara), which contained accommodation for the monks.

Sections of the caves are extensively carved. These caves were built in the 2nd century - the period when Buddha was depicted symbolically hence, Lord Buddha has been shown inside the caves only in symbolical forms and not in the form of images.

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