Bedse Caves

BEDSE CAVES

Bedse is situated in the Maval Taluka of Pune District and is situated about 45 km Northwest of Pune. It can be approached by taking a diversion at Kamshet. The caves date back to th 1st Century BC. There are two finished and two unfinished Buddhist caves at Bedse along with some rock–cut cisterns and a memorial stupa. The ‘chaityagriha’ (a Buddhist shrine) is carved with a stone screen and a verandah has tall pillars with beautifully carved images of animals and riders. The ‘vihara’ at Bedse is unique for its apsidal plan and vaulted roof. The inscription on the door frame of a cell in the courtyard of the chaityagriha records a donation of a person from Nashik. The caves at Bedse are considered an important stage in the development of Buddhist cave architecture in India

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