Bhartrihari Caves in Ujjain
History behind Bhartrihari Caves
Bhartrihari Caves : A glaring example of rock-cut architecture
Assigned to 11th century Bhartrihari caves are glaring example of Indian rock-cut architecture. It is fascinating to see how these wonderful creations has stood the test of time and has been lying there for centuries! Located in the middle of beautiful, lush green forest and hilly area the caves are a bit narrower and totally dark and hence, it is suggested to carry the torch with you. Narrow routes inside the cave leads to the place where it is said that Bhartrihari meditated. The stone carved statue of rishi Bhartrihari in the sitting posture is very impressing. Inside the caves you will get to see Mahadeva’s trident and holy ash also called dhuni. It is advised not to touch or temper with any of the things you see there. You can also find beautiful stone images carved on the walls of the caves. The interior of the cave is extremely cool, peaceful, and spiritual. Throughout your journey to Bhartrihari caves you will have a feeling of traveling to a different era. This is more felt once you reach the deepest part of the caves. The surroundings, darkness, serenity of the caves seem to belong to an age completely alien to ours!
There is a large Pipal tree near the cave. It is believed that the holy tree lie above the Samadhi of Rishi Bhartrihari . People visiting the place take its leaves with them and put in the temple of their homes just to ensure peace, prosperity and happiness in the family. Near to Bhartrihari caves lies an ancient temple of Kali Mata.The statue of Kali Mata at this temple is really impressive and hypnotizing. This temple also remains open from 9 am to 5 pm only due to its location in the dense and thick forest.
Things to be kept in mind while visiting Bhartrihari Caves
- Do not enter the caves if you are afraid of closed spaces
- The passage being a narrow one, care should be taken so that you do not hit anything in the dark
- Go slowly and steadily
- Carry a torch with you
- Do not force anyone who is not willing to accompany you inside the caves. After all, Prevention is always better then a cure!
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