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He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

In April of 1819, British officer John Smith was pursuing a tiger through the jungle outside of Mumbai when he stumbled upon a strange cave entrance hidden in the brush.

Something seemed oddly deliberate about the cave entrance and so he decided to abandon his hunt to investigate further. He soon discovered what appeared to be ornate carvings in the rock. Little did he know that was just the beginning.

In 1819, British officer John Smith was hunting a tiger in the forest outside of Mumbai when he stumbled across a strange cave.

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Inside were what appeared to be man-made carvings. But that was just the beginning.

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Further investigation revealed an entire system of shrines and monuments carved directly into the rock.

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And 30 different caves.

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Experts believe that they were constructed around 200 BCE as a retreat for Buddhist monks during the terrible monsoon season.

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Each of the caves is unique, with its own intricately designed entrances and interiors.

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The caves were largely abandoned by the 7th century, but remained a sacred place for locals.

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Many of the carvings depict the life of Buddha and his many incarnations.

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There are also a large number of paintings, many of which are remarkably well-preserved.

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It’s amazing how much color and detail still remains after all those years.

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One of the more popular theories surrounding the caves is that they were built to align with the solstices and other cosmological events.

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Caves 19 and 26 do actually align perfectly with the winter and summer solstices, respectively.

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On their designated days, the sun shines straight through holes in their roofs, illuminating the religious displays within.

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Even after centuries, the interiors are still absolutely stunning.

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The effort and precision required to build these elaborate structures is truly mind-boggling.

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Especially considering they had to do it with comparatively limited tools.

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We may never know exactly how they managed to build these incredible caves.

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Simply amazing. It really makes you wonder what other secrets may still be hiding out there, waiting to be discovered by adventurous souls!

Originally taken from Boredom Therapy

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Suzette

    October 4, 2016 at 5:40 AM

    truly amazing. we need to go back to natures abode’s

  2. faezeh

    October 4, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    I think this is not job of technology or hand carving. impossible. Monks in ancient time found the next evolution of human body which is light body. That light body exist pretty look like us with slightly difference(example;brotherhood of light in lighter/higher density of third dimension).As we now know when human achieve rainbow or light body( which is a rare event)after death which is entrance to that realm, if they touch the hard rock it forms by their will and remains foot print or hand print behind.These people are the ones who made these amazing buildings and places. They are hide from these two flashy eyes of us;otherwise they are living around us, well their desire and need based on the body they have got is different, but still considered human being. In a way the whole problem comes from our Anonakey(reptilian) gods who gave us this body. In fact imprisoned us in this piece of flash/skin and bone.

  3. KENDRA VILA LICEA

    October 4, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    I will love to visit this, how beautiful !

    • Ramesh Kompella

      October 5, 2016 at 10:55 AM

      The Ajantha Caves of India !! a must see place for all !:)

      • Sai

        November 11, 2016 at 12:28 PM

        These are Kanheri Caves, they are currently in Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali, Mumbai

        • Mike

          December 17, 2016 at 8:17 AM

          I think they are the ajanti caves

  4. Turcotte Jean-Pierre

    October 5, 2016 at 1:40 AM

    Quite awesome. I would like to know what kind of ‘rock’ is the medium.

  5. Jyoti

    October 5, 2016 at 3:54 AM

    Definitely visit if you have the opportunity. I was told this was the 8th wonder of the world. It is astounding to see. I took an overnight bus from Mumbai (with bunk beds on it). It left Mumbai about 11 pm and arrived there at about 7-8 am in the morning. We spent the whole day visiting this incredible sight. The man we hired to drive us there, took us to his home and we had the opportunity to meet his wife and family. We stayed there until time to get back on the bus to Mumbai that evening and sleep our way back to Mumbai!

  6. Huuom

    October 5, 2016 at 4:31 AM

    in Picture number nine , that’s Tupac Shakour

  7. joseph

    October 8, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Great works of Buddhism. Unexpectedly for the hunt.

  8. Mike

    December 17, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Ajanta caves

  9. Neil Macdonald

    December 19, 2016 at 4:58 AM

    Kinda puts Petra in the shade, by the looks of it. Would love to see it before it gets the ‘Hollywood’ treatment.

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