Mahakali Caves - Andheri - Mumbai

The Mahakali Caves (Marathi: महाकाली गुंफा) (also locally known as the Kondivita Caves) are a group of 19 rock-cut monuments built between 1st century BCE and 6th century CE . This Buddhist monastery is located in the western suburb of Andheri  in the city of Mumbai in western India. Monument consists of two groups of rock-cut caves - 4 caves more to the north-west and 15 caves more to the south-east.Most caves are viharas and cells for monks, but Cave 9 of south-eastern group is chaitya. Caves in north-west have been created mainly in 4th - 5th century, while south-eastern group is older. Monument contains also rock-cut cisterns and remnants of other structures.Caves are carved out of a solid black basalt rock. 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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