So back with Kanheri Caves....
The 6th cave was side attachment to the 6th cave that had 2 standing Buddha reliefs on either sides.
The 7th cave was very small and had a mini stupa inside and all around were several, fabulous relief sculptures undisturbed.
All these 7 caves were in a single line. After the 7th cave there were several deviations and directions of dirt track and upward & downward journeys. I randomly chose a route and luckily it was the route to cave 67. What's special about it? Wait I'll tell you.
So, in that random route that I took up, there were several mini caverns. Those must have been more like places to sit & eat or sleep for the monks than to pray. The earlier caves with lots of reliefs of Buddha & Bodhisttava were more like Prayer caves.
These smaller caverns did not have any sculptures or stupas or reliefs in them. There were absolutely plain. Some have a raised platform like thing, looked like a sleeping place! I saw about 4-5 of such caves before I bumped upon Cave 67.
Cave 67 is in much higher altitude. Some steep climb has to be done to reach here. Don't worry, steep steps only, not a trek! Anyone can reach! The moment I reached here, it was mind-blowing! It was a haven of sculptural marvel!
On the outside and all walls inside, several seated, standing Buddhas, several Bodhisattvas, several celestial beings. Mostly miniatures neatly arranged neatly... I could just sit there in that cave for atleast a whole hour!
Unfortunately I missed cave 34 where the frescoes are present! If you're a regular reader you might know I'm a bit partial towards frescoes than sculptures - remember, my Sittannavasal delight!!! I guess to see all of it, I need atleast 2 complete days. Hope I venture there again!!!
As usual I spotted a withered tree! Somehow that attracts me everywhere. Some of my regular readers would have seen such a pic in many of my posts!
The view from atop! Yes, I can give you a tip or two. Take enough water, I mean, a lot a water. Take some snacks, after climbing up n down, hunger will definitely set in... Have a pretty heavy breakfast before venturing here. Unfortunately I forgot breakfast and was pretty tired by the time I was returning. Just opp. to the Sanjai Gandhi National Park Gate there's a little veg hotel called Ramdev Hotel. It was a small hotel but the food was very good! If you're very serious about all the marvels of Kanheri, you need atleast a day and a half to see all the 100+ caves!!!
TO REACH THERE: Check out my last post on Kanheri
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