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Siyot Caves, Kutch

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The Siyot Caves, sometimes referred to as the Kateshwar Buddhist Caves, are five rock-cut caves located near Siyot village in the Lakpat Taluka of Kutch district, Gujarat, India. The caves are believed to belong to the first century AD.
The main cave has east facing sanctum, ambulatory and space divisions which suggests a Shiva temple from the first or second century. The cave was used by Buddhists later which can be concluded based on the seals found herein and the traces of Brahmi inscriptions. Other caves are simple single cells which were probably the part of eighty Buddhist caves located near the mouth of the Indus river as reported by Xuanzang in seventh century. Local people believe that these caves were used by dacoits to hide things looted from people in past.
Excavations in 1988–89 recovered clay seals engraved with Buddha images in various mudras and seals engraved with late Brahmi and Devnagari inscriptions. Other findings were copper rings, Gadhaiya coins, terracotta Nandi with bell and chain, different types of earthen wares like Surahi. Based on stratigraphic evidence, it is established that the site was occupied by Buddhist before it was again occupied by Shaivaites around twelfth or thirteenth century. The site was repaired after 2001 Gujarat earthquake.
There is a primitive stepwell located nearby.
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  • Caves are always mysterious in India. You will enjoy the peaceful cave visit. Visit if you have ample time 
    Caves are always mysterious in India. You will enjoy the peaceful cave visit. Visit if you have ample time  more »
  • Nestled in the remote part of Kutch district this is a very small place and isolated from any villages nearby. We visited this place while travelling to Lakhpat from Mata nu madh. 
    Nestled in the remote part of Kutch district this is a very small place and isolated from any villages nearby. We visited this place while travelling to Lakhpat from Mata nu madh.  more »
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  • These small caves are historical place under occupation of archeology department. Worth visiting near Lakhpat if you have time and interest in histical places. But they are poorly maintained dur to lack of attention. There was nobody to look after the caves. There was also lack of cleanliness. A part of caves was covered with wild plants. Archeology department could have looked after it in better way.
  • Is a really great place,unpreserved (bats,smelly and litter) due to which wasn't able to go inside and had to leave after arriving at the entrance! Not worth the travel if this is the case!

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