Karla and Bhaja Caves

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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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