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| Last Updated:: 02/01/2016

Talaja Caves

 

 

 

 

 

Talaja Caves are located in Bhavnagar district of the Indian state of Gujarat at Talaja. The rock cuts are carved out into deserted conical rocks. The rock cut group includes thirty (30) caves among which about fifteen (15) are water tanks. The cave has unique architecture known as Ebhal Mandapa. The halls are plain. "On the facade there are chaitya windows with a broad bank of vedika below them." The chaitya and cells were carved during Buddhism influence in 2nd century BC. During the Kshatrapa's regime in 2nd-3rd AD Jain emblems were carved on the cells and the halls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cave contains figures of Bodhisattva. The caves were carved out before rock cut architecture began in Maharashtra. According to few Historians the date of caves cannot be traced out however some believe that carving started by the end of 1st century CE.

 

 

Source:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talaja_Caves