My recent trip to Bhaja Caves. They are caves near Lonavala and very old Buddhist caves dating back to 2 BC. The bets way to go to these caves is to take NH4 the old highway from Pune to Mumbai. There are two caves very similar to each to each other Bhaja and Karla caves. if you are travelling from Pune to Lonavala then you will come across a junction from where on your left is Bhaja caves while on your right is Karla Caves.If you travel towards Bhaja caves the you will have to park your car and walk up about 100 steps to the caves. The caves are really good with good vibrations. I had met a friend of mine after 21 years and we decided to visit Baja caves which is en route to Lonavala.
The view from the caves is majestic. These caves are very old and is quite an achievement considering the architecture went around the place and practiced Mindfulness and meditation. There are number of small caves where the monks must have meditated and practiced mindfulness and self awareness for years. We did not have much time so we could not visit Karla caves and I plan to visit. In the end I understand that for Indians such places are not spiritual places but places of leisure. This is my feeling after visiting all the spiritual places of Lord Buddha.
Above roof of the main cave. On side entrance to small caves.
It is very sad that Indians have forgotten or are misled about Lord Buddha’s life and teachings. But then there is always a new beginning.
Look forward to my trip to Karla Caves which are very similar to Bhaja caves.
Attaching a video of Bhaja caves but the recording gets distorted after 45 seconds.