Cave 1: one of the largest caves and featured many statues and Buddhas. All of these was carved out of the side of the huge solid rock face.
The largest Vihara (prayer hall). The gaint rock object in the center called a "stupa" is actually one of the earliest symbols of the Buddha and Buddhism. It was not till several centuries after Buddha's death that statues of the Buddha that we see today were created.
We ran into a couple of these guys inside the dark caves
view of cave 2 (left) and cave 1 (right)
A view from the top of rock mountain
Top of mountain overlooking the forest with part of Mumbai in the background. Kanheri Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai, India. May 30, 2008. 12:42pm
Monks approach in the distance.
We started a conversation with these Buddhist monks on the top of the mountain. After talking for a few minutes we separated. Then Prajatka and I heard them call us back. They gave us each a small peice of copper with Buddha engraved. Then Prajatka took this photo of me and the two monks. They also had a camera with them, so Prajatka used their camera and now they also have a photo of the 3 of us!
This is what the monks gave to Prajatka and me.
Most of the 109 caves are single rooms that monks would live and mediate. this is one example of such a room, notice lack of carved statues.
Monkey that jumped down from a tree and tried to get some of Prajatka's snack.