Asia: Rocky villages / The Mahakali Caves

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Fenced away from encroachers, this Buddhist cave nevertheless must be continuously protected from hutments that come up along the boundary. It is relatively well preserved. Hewn from the same rock as Jogeshwari, this Buddhist cave, also called Kondivite, is believed to have been carved between the first century BC and the 6th century AD. Its Chaitya wall is built in the manner of Emperor Ashoka's Sudama cave in Bihar, and the cave has a stupa and a hemispherical dome. The largest cave at Mahakali (Cave 9) has seven depictions of the Buddha and figures from Buddhist mythology but all are mutilated. It is located near the junction between the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and SEEPZ. The road that connects these monuments to Andheri Kurla Road is named Mahakali Caves Road after it. The caves are located on a hill that overlooks the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and the SEEPZ++ area. A direct bus run by the BEST links the caves with Andheri station. The caves are in danger of being encroached upon.


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