An enigmatic creation from almost 2000 years ago is seated right here in Mumbai; read more to nurture the history buff in you!
Mumbai is known to be one of the fast-paced cities in our country and seemingly, everything new and young resides in this iconic city that just never grows old. But even in a city as contemporary as Mumbai, there is a place that has been there for almost 2000 years! Can you imagine?! Built between the 1st century BC and 6th Century AD, Kondivita Caves is a group of caves situated in the eastern suburb of Andheri and if you wanna know Mumbai better, you have to be here with Dora-like enthusiasm and forehead flashlights.
The Origin Story
Kondivita Caves, also known as Mahakali Caves, is a set of 19 rock-cut caves that were carved out of solid basalt rock and this locale is of religious significance for the Buddhists as it is labelled as a monastery for them.
4 of the 19 caves lie in the northwest boundaries while the remaining 15 are on the south-eastern side. Most of the caves are used as viharas and cells by Buddhist monks. The 9th cave is the largest cave among all, featuring 7 depictions of Buddhist mythology and it also has a chaitya - a Buddhist shrine with a stupa.
As these mystifying caves are known to collapse easily, you have to be extremely careful while moving ahead inside the caves! Do wear comfortable footwear as the ground might be uneven and therefore easy to trip on. Carry your water bottles and your cameras, of course and don't forget to stick to your group as it is easy to lose track and get confused here!
An enigmatic creation from 2000 years ago, Kondivita Caves have stood through various wars, annexations and plenty of pandemics. Lying at an elevation of 230 feet above sea level and a gold mine for all you history buffs out there, Kondivita Caves should be your next stop for a historical adventure like never before!