Lonad Caves along with the famous Khandeshwari Mata Temple is one of the most visited places in Kalyan. Amongst the places to visit near Bhiwandi, this region tops the list. The history of Lonad Caves dates to the 5th century. Being a rock-cut cluster of Buddhist caves, the place is a prominent Buddhist pilgrimage site. Carvings, inscriptions, and several other symbolisms are found in the caves.
History of Lonad Caves:
The Lonad Caves were built by Buddhist monks who came to this place from Nala Sopara port. The monks traveled to Junnar first. At that time Junnar was the Satavahana Kingdom’s capital. King Satakarni ruled this kingdom. The monks built these caves in the 5th century. The caves are now converted into religious places to offer worship and prayers.
Lonad Caves is accessible from Kalyan and Bhiwandi of Kalyan district in Maharashtra. A quaint village, called the Janwal Village is located near the cave formation.
Sightings at Lonad Caves:
The Khandeshwari Temple is located at this site. Being a temple carved out of stone, the temple and the idol of the Khandeshwari Goddess is a sight to behold. These sights along with the fresh and peaceful ambience make visiting this place a worthwhile experience. Serving as one of the best picnic spots near Kalyan, the natural luster and pure greenery of this place is soothing.