Lenyadri Caves are a group of 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves located near Junnar in the Pune district of Maharashtra in the western part of India. Lenyadri Caves in Junner date back to the 1st and 3rd century AD. These caves in Maharashtra are a really old group of rock-cut caves in India. The caves are very striking due to one very important factor.
Though the group is of Buddhist caves the cave 7 is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha popularly known as Girijatmaj. Lenyadri Buddhist Caves is a prominent Hindu temple and there is evidence of how much it was popular among the Hindus. The striking part is being a Buddhist site it had so much harmony with other religions.
These Lenyadri Caves speak volumes about the kind of religious system that was prevalent during that period. The people of two separate religions lived in absolute harmony. The caves that were a prominent site of Buddhism were also a prominent site of Hindu religion. It speaks a lot about our then Indian society.
Lenyadri Caves adds value to the history of Junner and monuments are the mirrors of our then society which comprises everything from religion to architecture. The Lenyadri Caves have twenty-six caves and they are all individually numbered.
The rest of the caves date back to 1st and 3rd century A.D whereas the Ganesha shrine is as old as the 1st century Back The large and beautiful rock-cut water cisterns is remarkable sculpture. The architecture at Lenyadri Caves is really very impressive and an outstanding example of craftsmanship.