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Lenyadri Caves, Junnar

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Lenyadri represents a series of about 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves, located near Junnar in Pune district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Cave 7 is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to the god Ganesha. It is one of the Ashtavinayak shrines, a set of the eight prominent Ganesha shrines in Western Maharashtra.Twenty-six of the caves are individually numbered. The caves face to the south and are numbered serially from east to west. Caves 6 and 14 are chaitya-grihas, while the rest are viharas . The latter are in the form of dwellings and cells. There are also several rock-cut water cisterns; two of them have inscriptions. The layout of the caves, in general, are similar in pattern and shape. They generally have one or two sides with two long benches for occupants' use.The caves date from between the 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.NamesThe current name "Lenyadri" literally means "mountain cave". It is derived from 'Lena' in Marathi meaning "cave" and 'adri' in Sanskrit meaning "mountain" or "stone". The name "Lenyadri" appears in the Hindu scripture Ganesha Purana as well as in a Sthala Purana, in association to the Ganesha legend. It is also called Jeernapur and Lekhan parvat ("Lekhan mountain").
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  • The steep steps will take you to the top very soon but not without extra work of lungs. After reaching the top you can really have good view of caves all together and also Girijatmaj Ganapati. 
    The steep steps will take you to the top very soon but not without extra work of lungs. After reaching the top you can really have good view of caves all together and also Girijatmaj Ganapati.  more »
  • Caves is very beautiful. But monkey are very dangerous. They bite my friend. They are hungry. If possible keep some food for them. Temple and cave are very beautiful. Scenic view 
    Caves is very beautiful. But monkey are very dangerous. They bite my friend. They are hungry. If possible keep some food for them. Temple and cave are very beautiful. Scenic view  more »

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