Karla caves Tourism

Karla caves, carved from a rocky hillside, are among the oldest Buddhist cave shrines in India. It is located on the Pune-Mumbai highway at Karla, and if sources are to be believed, these are only a few among scores of other caves unearthed in Sahyadri Hills. Carved out almost 2000 years ago, this place constitutes an extensive collection of beautiful Chaityas (halls) and Viharas (monasteries) reflecting upon a journey of the past, narrating some amusing stories. A temple made of pillars from the Buddhist period has also been built recently at the entrance of the caves. One has to climb almost 150 stairs to reach the cave. Also known as Veluraka in the olden times, the caves house a humongous 15 – meter pillar along with a temple dedicated to Goddess Ekveera.

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Karla Caves

Karla Caves near Lonavala – Places near Pune and Mumbai

  • The caves are also known as Karli Caves, Karle Caves or Karla Cells. If ancient sources are to be believed, the caves were of great importance to the Mahasamghika sect of Buddhism before they became relevant to Hinduism.
  • The caves house a Buddhist monastery which is believed to have been built there around 2nd century BC.

Ekvira Devi Temple

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  • Located near to Karla caves, Ekvira Devi temple is one of the beautiful temples.
  • This temple is devoted to Goddess Renuka, who is also known as the mother of Parshurama.
  • The Goddess Renuka is worshipped by the local koli fishermen community and other local people.
  • It is quite tiring to walk to the temple, so one has to take care like wearing proper pair of shoes and carrying enough water.

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