Kuda Caves

Kuda Caves are located in the small village of Kuda, on the eastern side of the north shore of Murud-Janjira in south Konkan, India. These fifteen Buddhist caves are small, simple, and were excavated in first century B.C.[1]

Kuda Caves
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Kuda Caves
Map showing the location of Kuda Caves
Map showing the location of Kuda Caves
Map showing the location of Kuda Caves
Map showing the location of Kuda Caves
Coordinates18°17′07″N 73°04′23″E / 18.285214°N 73.073175°E / 18.285214; 73.073175Coordinates: 18°17′07″N 73°04′23″E / 18.285214°N 73.073175°E / 18.285214; 73.073175

The verandah of Chaitya has several reliefs of the Buddha, carved with symbols of lotus, wheel and Nagas. Later in 5th / 6th century the Buddhist branch of the Mahayana took over the caves and added their sculptures.[1] The first cave has ancient writing on its wall. The sixth cave entrance is adorned with elephants.[2]

The thirty inscriptions describe donations by lay Buddhists and Buddhist monks. Other donors include an iron monger, a banker, a gardener, a writer, physician, a flower vendor and a minister.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Ahir, D. C. (2003). Buddhist sites and shrines in India : history, art, and architecture (1. ed.). Delhi: Sri Satguru Publ. pp. 197–198. ISBN 8170307740.
  2. ^ Gunaji, Milind (2010). Offbeat tracks in Maharashtra (2nd ed.). Mumbai: Popular Prakashan. pp. 222–223. ISBN 8179915786.

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