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Caves of Shelarwadi

The Caves of Shelarwadi, situated 32 km to the north west of Pune, comprise 11 grottos dating back to the 3rd century A D. According to some inscriptions in Brahmi script, the caves were gifted to the pilgrims and mendicants. The caves were converted into a shrine in 1981.

The caves have an excellent arrangement for water- there are around 28 tanks dug for storing water. The main prayer hall measures 7.7 m x 2.5 m in height, to the sides of which are nine smaller rooms on the three sides. The original stupa is now more or less in a dilapidated state. The idol of Lord Ghorwadeshwar is situated at its semi circular base.

Thousands of people from the neighboring villages gather here for the Mahashivratri festival, which is celebrated amidst much pomp and merriment.

Updated on 2nd August, 2015
District: Pune


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