More Caves found at Trirashmi Hill

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More Caves found at Trirashmi Hill

Part of: GS Prelims and  GS -I – Culture

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  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has found three more caves in Trirashmi hill in Nashik, Maharashtra. 
  • The Trirashmi Buddhist caves, also known as Pandav Leni, are also located at the same place. 

More about the caves:

  • The newly found caves are believed to be older than the Trirashmi caves.
  • These are assumed to be the dwellings of Buddhist monks.
  • All the caves have verandahs and the characteristic square stone platform for monks. 
  • There are special arrangements for monks to meditate, similar to the Kanheri and Wai caves.

Important value additions

Trirashmi caves

  • The Trirashmi or Pandav Leni caves are a group of 25 caves
  • They were carved out of Trirashmi Hill between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD.
  • It is an ASI protected site and a tourist destination.
  • The Buddhist sculptures and caves in Nashik are early examples of Indian rock-cut architecture representing the Hinayana tradition of Buddhism.
It considers Gautama Buddha to be a divine being who will help his followers to attain nirvana It considers Gautama Buddha as an ordinary human being who attained Nirvana
Its followers can be found in China, (South) Korea, Japan and Tibet Its followers are found in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos
Scriptures were written in Sanskrit Scriptures were written in Pali
It began to flourish around 500 BC. It started to flourish around 250 BC.

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