Khambhalida Caves

CategoryBuddhism

Languages KnownGujarati, Hindi

AddressKhambhalida Caves, NH - 8B, Rajkot, Guajrat.

pincode360370

DistrictRajkot

About Khambhalida Caves

History

At Khambhalida there are three caves, the central one being a ‘chaitya’ with a worn out stupa. The entrance of the chaitya is flanked by two large sculptures of the Bodhisatvas-Padmapani on the right and Vajrapani on the left. These caves dates back to 4th-5th century AD and are scooped out from the local limestone rock.

Khambhalida Caves are located in Rajkot district of the Indian state of Gujarat near Gondal. The group has three caves containing chaitya and stupa. The chaitya gate includes figures of Bodhisattva Padmapani and Vajrapani on right and left respectively. These caves come under the jurisdiction of the Archaeology Department.

Khambhalida Caves are said to be the oldest such caves in Rajkot and it’s an architectural wonder of the country. The caves are set amidst a beautiful environs. They are situated at the foot of small hillocks on the banks of a spring. The caves have a majestic structure carved out of limestone. There are three caves here, where the central one is named Chaitya Grih. It has a stupa and two sculptures with intricate designs. The cave on the right is named Bodhisatvas-Padmapani and the one on the left is named Vajjrapani. The Vajjrapani sculpture is considered one of the most ancient ones in India, second such idol came up in Ellora Caves. Another contemporary Padmapani idol appears in Patan, Nepal. There are 15 small caves situated near the Khambhalida Caves. The cave on the left hand side is huge and is open in the front. It goes deep inside. During the daytime tourists see a lot of light and air. It is believed that Buddhist monks must have meditated in the ancient times inside these caves, leaving behind spiritual vibrations that can be felt even today. It is also said that many Buddha Saints from Junagadh came to these caves for meditation thanks to an underground route between them. There is an inscription on a stone here that states Ashoka existed.

Famous for

A good visit for archaeology lovers. Very natural place with greenery and very small river nearby.

This is one of the most famous place where it introducing Buddhist Caves, to explore this place by watching statues of different honorable persons by entering from caves its too much enjoying and eagerness to know something more about Buddhism Sampraday.

There are 15 small caves situated near the Khambhalida Caves. The cave on the left hand side is huge and is open in the front. It goes deep inside. During the daytime tourists see a lot of light and air.

Best time to Visit

Tourists can visit in the months of October to February .

Best time to Go

During any time of the day.

Distance of nearest cities

  • Rajkot
    to
    Ahmedabad
    225km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Ambaji
    404km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Amreli
    105km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Bharuch
    365km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Bhavnagar
    178km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Bhuj
    218km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Dahod
    399km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Dwarka
    232km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Gandhinagar
    249km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Himmatnagar
    304km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Jamnagar
    88km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Junagadh
    102km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Mehsana
    299km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Morabi
    324km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Palnpur
    371km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Porbandar
    187km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Saputara
    603km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Somnath
    181km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Surat
    461km
  • Rajkot
    to
    Valsad
    528km

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Nearest bus stand is Rajkot and thier inquiry no. is, 02812235025

Nearest Railway Station is Rajkot and Indian Railway Inquiry no. is, 139

Nearest Airport is Rajkot and thier inquiry no. is, 02812451849

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