Chaitya Hall at Karla
Carved deep into a solid mountainside in Maharashtra state, the Karla Caves contain some of the world’s oldest and most striking Buddhist temples and are still a holy site for pilgrims. Dating back to the 1st Century BCE, the main hall (or chaitya) is lined with octagonal columns leading down towards the shrine where devotional ceremonies were performed. Intricate carvings atop the pillars depict elephants and their human riders, and the teak beams and ceiling are still — amazingly — intact after over two millennia.
Experience Karla for yourself.