More Caves found at Trirashmi Hill
Part of: GS Prelims and GS -I – Culture
- 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
- 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.
|MAHAYANA BUDDHISM||HIMAYANA 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.|