known for their simplicity which is devoid of any extraordinary artistic skills. The Kanheri caves served the purpose of Buddhist centers of education, where the religious men used to deliver lectures on the religious texts and basic moral values that one should follow.
Apart from the Buddhist Viharas, the Kanheri Caves also has few Chaityas with rock cut Stupas. Historians and Archaeologists believe that those Stupas were meant for group worship. The monks maintained a very strict and disciplined life in those caves. They led a very simple life which they believed would help them to attain salvation. Kanheri was one of the significant place of literary activities. With so many Buddhists Viharas , the Kanheri Caves became one of the important centers of Buddhists education. The Viharas had trade links with Sopara, Nashik, Kalyan, Paithan, and Ujjain.
The Kanheri caves are spread over a wide area. Each cave served as the room of a single monk which had a stone podium that was probably used as a bed. There is also a huge hall which houses the 'Dagoba' , a Buddhist Image. The Hall was used as a place for mass religious meetings or for group worship.
The Kanheri Caves show the predominance of Buddhism in this part of western India during the ancient times. Apart from enlightening us on the historical and spiritual nature of Buddhism, the Kanheri Caves are also a delight for those who want to be close to nature.
Last Updated on 23 May 2013