The suburbs of Mumbai hide several groups of unique monument – ancient rock cut temples. One such monument is the ancient Kondivite Caves, later known as Mahakali caves.
Mahakali caves are 19 rock cut caves, built between 1st century BC and 6th century AD. They are cut in black basalt. Unfortunately the caves are at the verge of collapse.
The caves for, two rows :-
- 4 caves from 4th to 5th century AD on northwest face of long hillside.
- 15 caves – towards south east
The largest cave (cave 9) has seven depiction of Buddha and figures from Buddhist Mythology. This Buddhist monastery is located in the eastern suburb of Andheri. Its located near the junction between the Jogeshware-Vichroli link road and Seepz. The road that connects the monument to Andheri Kurla road is called Mahakali caves road. A direct bus by the BEST links the caves with Andheri railway station.
Overall the caves is very peaceful and pleasantly beautiful. You can visit all the caves within 2-3 hours. Camera and videos are allowed inside, so you can click as many pictures are you want. The best part is that you can enjoy the scenic beauty for free. there are food courts and shops for purchasing eatables and drinks. Washroom facilities is also available and they are clean and odor free. However, now a days due to negligence, the caves have become a spot for the nearby residence to hand their clothes for drying and people have started relieving them self outside the caves, due to lack of public toilet around the caves.
Earlier the caves were infamous for activities like drinking, smoking and doping, but after the central government took cognizance of this issue, the scenario has become better.
What cannot be unseen about the caves is the marvelous sculpture of the carved caves, which are there since the time of Ashokan empire.
Since there is a Buddhist stupa situated here, it indicates that monks who followed Buddhism lived here. The writings on the wall are in the Pali script – A language even older than Sanskrit. Although most of these inscriptions have been damaged, the governments has made a lot of effort to preserve it.
You will be mesmerized by the proficiency of the sculptures in that era. They have obviously had a great sense of aesthetics. They depicted figures associated with Buddhist mythology, each one telling a different story altogether.
Visit the caves once to pay tribute to the marvelous sight and beauty of that time….
Eat out places close to the caves are .
- Garnish Peninsula
- Krishna Dining restaurant and bar
- Shree Sagar fast food.
Phone : 022-24078266
Timing : 9:00am to 4:00pm
Address – Mahakali Caves Road, Sunder Nagar, Andheri East, Mumbai (You can take an Auto from Andheri station which will cost around Rs.100)