Location: Turning the pages of annals, ‘Mahakali Caves’ are 19 pieces of rocky monuments. These are glorifying the western suburb of Andheri in the metropolitan ‘Mumbai’ in western India.

Historical period: 1st century to 6th century CE

Historical significance:  In ancient era, these caves used to be a place to stay for Buddhist monks. It’s better to call them ‘Monastery’. The rocks of mountains or hills were carved into stony abode for building the monasteries. Especially, Mahakali Caves are clubbed in two groups. The first group of rock-cut caves comprises 4 to the northwest and the second has 15 caves designed to the southeast of the location.

While wondering from place to place, monks used to take shelter in caves called as ‘Viharas’ and ‘cells’. The 9th cave clubbed in southeast group is known as ‘Chaitya’

As far as the age of these caves are concerned, Northwest caves were drawn out in 4th and 5th century whereas southeastern group of caves is relatively older.

Materials used: Solid black basalt

Cave 9: All in all, 7 depictions of lord Buddha and sculptures depicting the memoirs from Buddhist mythology, which have been dilapidated now.

Surrounding places: These ancient relics are built near the junction between the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ).

Accessibility: The road via which this place is reached is Andheri Kurla Road.