point of view of composition. The female figures in different moods and
poses are in particular its best creations. Even men, animals and vegetation
have been treated elegantly.
 Karle and Bhaja Caves
 Karle and Bhaja Caves are located near Lonavala in Maharashtra. The
 Bhaja caves are regarded to be from the times of Hinayana phase of
 Buddhism, which is of 2nd to 1st century BC. These caves are also mainly
 Viharas and Chaityas and located just 3 km away from the main road
 amidst green surroundings. There is also a waterfall near the cave where
 tourists can refresh themselves with a dip. Lohagad and Visapur forts are
 not far from these caves.
 alive. It takes nearly 20 minutes to climb up the steep way of the Karle
 caves. There is a 45 meter (148-foot) long Chaitya, possibly the finest of
 its kind in the country. A temple has been built recently built at the
 entrance using pillars from the Buddhist period.
 There is a sculpture of Buddha preaching seated on a lion-supported
 throne, which has magnificent carvings of three elephants. The pillars are
 adorned with motifs of elephants, men and riding women, etc.
 Junnar Caves
 The Junnar hill, situated at a small place known as Junnar in Maharashtra,
 houses a cluster of ancient
 Buddhist caves. Belonging to the period between 2nd century BCE to the 3rd
 century CE, the Junnar caves due to their construction and architecture,
 attract the tourists, Buddhists and archaeologists.
 The Junnar caves have been divided into three major categories: 1. Tulija
 Lena group; 2. Manmodi Hill group, and 3. Ganesh Lena group. The
 Tulija Lena group, 5 km to the west, comprising Chaityas or the prayer
 halls, has a circular dome ceiling in the Chaiya hall in the cave number
 three. The second group of caves, which lies 1.5 km south of Junnar
 towards the Manmodi hills, constitute       a well preserved facade. The third