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| Last Updated:: 04/11/2016

Kolvi Caves









Kolvi Caves or Kholve caves are located at Kolvi village, Jhalawar district in the state of Rajasthan, India. They are carved out in laterite rock hill. This Buddhist site has stupas, chaitya containing figures of Buddha. The architectural style shows dominance of Hinayana sect in this region. The caves have statues of Buddha in the meditation and standing position. The stupas and colossal statues of Buddha are archaeologically significant. Around Kolvi village similar caves have been discovered which proves existence of prosperous Buddhist civilization in the region.










The caves are in state of natural weathering resulting complete damage on northern and eastern side, but their remains are important in the architecture. The group has 50 caves in which many caves have lost their figure faces due to decaying. 








There are even double storeyed living quarters, carved in the hillock, which are marvels of rock-cut architecture. Some of the meditation halls have floor to ceiling stupas in the center to facilitate circumambulation, which is a ritual often repeated by the devotees to pay their obeisance to the Lord. The hand carved windows, Jharokhas, and the rock beds can be seen here. 

















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