Pandavleni : Nashik

Ancient Jain Caves

PandavleniThe Pandavleni Caves/Trirashmi Caves are situated 8-km south of Nasik on the Trivashmi Hill. These caves are some 2000-year-old caves, dating from around the 1st century BC. The Pandavleni Caves are believed to be built as homes for the Jain saints by the Jain rulers of the ancient times. But some the engravings inside the caves are also believed to be of Pandavas, and hence the name.

The Pandavleni Caves are actually a group of 24 Hinayana Buddhist Caves. All the caves are great examples of intricate carving and craftsmanship but the 3, 10, 18 caves are a must see for their outstanding sculptures. Most of the caves have the magnificent idols of Buddha and or the popular Jain Teerthankaras. The caves had an excellent arrangement for water, with skillfully chiseled water tanks, exquisitely carved into the rocks.

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