Bandhavgarh Ancient Caves

bandhavgarh caves IndiaThere are 39 historical caves in the Bandhavgarh National Park hills. Among them some of the caves are natural and some are man-made. While doing the park safari, especially during Bandhavgarh Fort Safari, one can notice such caves made on sand-stone hillocks. Caves are of varying sizes. Natural caves are narrow & small used by tigers & other wild animals for shelter. If we see the man-made caves, we can notice that they are broad & large enough to make room for human beings to stand. The oldest caves appear to be as ancient as the first century A.D.

Some of the caves carry inscriptions in Brahmi script (prevails in ancient India). Some caves also have embossed figures such as those of tiger, wild boar, elephant and horsemen. Presence of Elephant figures proves that this forest was natural habitat of wild elephants. Badi gufa, the largest of the caves with a broad entrance, has nine small rooms and several pillars. It has been dated back to the 10th century AD. it is spacious and has adequate vertical room for a person of average height to stand and walk. It is visible from the fort, which probably signifies its strategic location. The cave appears to be primitive , lacking the elaborate statues and carvings seen in the caves of the Buddhist period. Its purpose remains a mystery, although initially it could have been used by monks for spiritual pursuits and later by the army for strategic purposes. On the way to fort, we can notice small caves which are not so deep, such caves are used for lightening the way to fort during darkness. As hills in the tiger reserves are of sand-stone, they are cool from inside and offers comfortable stay during summers with plenty of water sources around it. At present, most of the caves are being used by wildlife - from bats to tigers.
S. No
Name of the Cave
Location of Caves
1
Vrihad lekhi Near Chakradhra
2.
Nritya - khoh One
Near chakradhra
3.
Yogi Khoh
nera Barhi Sheshshaiya
4.
Nritya - Khoh Two
Near Nritya - Khoh One
5.
Ashdhatu Temple
Near Barhi Sheshshaiya
6.
Kachhari
On drive to Sheshshaiya
7.
Astbal One
On drive to sheshshaiya
8.
Astbal Two
Right to Sheshshaiya drive
9.
Guard Room
Near Astbal Two
10.
Day shelter
Between Gopalpur & Ganesha Mountain
11.
change Room
East of Day Shelter
12.
Kachchap
South - East of day Shelter
13.
Sarthik
North - East of Kachchap
14.
Sandy Cave
Near kachchap
15.
Marhwa
Near Sandy Cave
16.
Chatra
Right of Marhwa
17.
King's horse's Cave
Adjacent to Chatra
18.
Sentry Room One
Right of Day Shelter - Bhitri Path
19.
sentry room two
Near Sentry Room One
20.
Daan kuan
Near Santry Room two
21.
Sitamandap Cave
Near Sitamandap
22.
Natural Cave
Sitamandap
23.
Mrityudand Machiya
On Ganesh Mountain
24.
Rani Ki jhiriya
Near kachchari
25.
Cave Temple
East of Rano Ki Jhiria
26.
Ganpathi Temple
Near Cave Temple
27.
Rest Room
Foothills of Ganesh Mountain
28.
Guard Room One
On Hanuman Mountain
29.
Guard Room two
On Haunman Mountain
30.
Amatyakhoh One
500 mtr. west of Gopalpur pond
31.
Amatyakhoh Two
500 mtr. west of Gopalpur pond
32.
Trader's Inn One
3 Km . west of Gopalpur pond
33.
Trader's Inn two
3 Km . west of Gopalpur pond
34.
Guild Meeting Place
Guild Meeting Place
35.
Vaisharavan Khoh
One & Half km South - West of Gopalpur
36.
Meditation Caves
Near Sidhbaba - Right of Charanganga
37.
Aquifer Cave
On Chakradhra - Bathan Road
38.
Thatha Khoh
On Rigveda Mountain
39.
Reech Khoh
On Rigveda Mountain
40.
Sajiwan
On Rigveda Mountain
41.
Yugaantar
South of Bandhavgarh mountain (Khirki)
42
Hanuman Khoh
On Narayan Kot (Bandhavgarh mountain)
43
Dwarf cave
Near Raghuraj Dhara (Bandhavgarh mountain)
44
Tarvaar Khoh
On Bandhavgarh mountain
45
Nirad Khoh
Backside of Ganesha hill
46
Rishi Khoh
On Ramgiri hill
47
Meditation Room One
Sidh hill
48
Meditation Room Two
Sidh hill
49
Meditation Room
Sidh hill


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