y by Suresh Khaire


Lanyadri Caves dates back to between 1st and 3rd Century AD. the Ganesha shrine situated in Cave 7 is dated to the 1st century AD, though the date of conversion to a Hindu shrine is unknown. All of the caves arise from Hinayana Buddhism. Lanyadri represent a series of about 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves, located about 5km North of Junnar in Pune district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Other caves surrounding the city of Junnar are: Manmodi caves, Shivneri caves and Tulja caves. It is one of the best tourist spot having religious importance.