Bandhavgarh Ancient Caves

These Ancient Caves are located in the Tala tourism zone of Bandhavgarh national park. It is impossible to miss seeing the Bandhavgarh fort and the caves in the area around the park. The most prominent and the one which can be seen from inside is the Badi Gufa (Big Cave). The gate of this cave is kept closed, allow your guide to open it for you. If the gate is open then avoid entering the cave, as times prior these caves were used by tigers, sloth bears, and lots of horseshoe bats. This is the biggest cave in the area with few individual small caves/rooms for meditation inside and broad stone pillars.

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Bandhavgarh Badi Gufa

The most likely purpose of these caves was for meditation purposes of the sages who visited this area, and some other purposes as well. They are strategically located at the base of the fort, and visible from some key areas of the fort. As per the Indian mythology and the ancient Indian scriptures the human life is divided into four equal parts. The first part is the bachelorhood, then the family life, the 3rd stage is known as Vanaprastha (Vana meaning forest and Prastha meaning departure). So in this stage the family person having fulfilled his responsibilities would go to a forest and live with minimum requirements of food, clothing and shelter. Not all people would survive this stage, and would return to the material world. The fourth stage is the Sanyasa (Renunciation). A persons is now supposed to sever all ties with the material world, and meditate for self-realisation.

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Bandhavgarh Gufa

There are about 39 such Ancient Caves in the vicinity of the Bandhavgarh Fort. There are some inscriptions in the Pali script, a language used before Hindi in India. Some of the caves are deep and have ventilation in the roof. There are no statues or carvings in this cave except there are some drawings of tigers, bears, snakes etc. The height of the caves is not much, an average Indian height which is about 5’8 inches will just about be comfortably standing in these caves.

Some of these caves can be seen during safari in the Tala zone. Below is the list of Ancient Caves in Bandhavgarh.

Bandavgarh Pali inscriptions
Bandhavgarh Badi Gufa
Bandhavgarh Ancient Caves

S.No.

Name of the Cave

Location

1.

Vrihad – Lekhi

Near Chakradhra

2.

Nritya – Khoh One

Near Vrihad Lekhi

3.

Yogi Khoh

Near Barhi Sheshshaiya

4.

Nritya – Khoh Two

Near Nritya – Khoh One

5.

Ashdhatu temple

Near Barhi Sheshshaiya

6.

Kachhari

On drive to Sheshshaiya

7.

Astbal One

On drive to Sheshshaiya

8.

Astbal two

Right to Sheshshaiya drive

9.

Guard Room

Near Astbal two

10.

Day Shelter

Between Gopalpur & Ganesha Hill

11.

Change Room

East of Day Shelter

12.

Kachchap

South-east of Day Shelter

13.

Sarthik

North-east of Kachchap

14.

Sandy Cave

Near Kachchap (downhill)

15.

Marhwa

Near Sandy Cave

16.

Chatra

Right of Marhwa

17.

King’s horse’s Cave

Adjacent to Chatra

18.

Sentry Room One

Right of Day Shelter – Bhitri path

19.

Sentry Room Two

Near Sentry Room One

20.

Daan Kuan

Near Sentry Room Two

21.

Sitamandap Cave

Near Sitamandap

22.

Natural Cave

Sitamandap

23.

Mrityudand Machiya

On Ganesha hill

24.

Rani ki Jhiriya

Near Kachhari

25.

Cave Temple

East of Rani ki Jhiria

26.

Ganpathi Temple

Near Cave Temple

27.

Rest Room

Foothills of Ganesha hill

28.

Guard Room One

On Hanuman hill

29.

Guard Room Two

On Hanuman hill

30.

Amatyakhoh One

500 m west of Gopalpur pond

31.

Amatyakhoh Two

500 m west of Gopalpur pond

32.

Traders’ inn One

3 kms. west of Gopalpur pond

33.

Traders’ inn Two

3 kms. west of Gopalpur pond

34.

Guild Meeting Place

One & half Km south-west of Gopalpur

35.

Vaishravan Khoh

One & half Km south-west of Gopalpur

36.

Meditation Cave

Near Sidhbaba – right of Charanganga

37.

Aquifer Cave

On Chakradhra – Bathan Road

38.

Thatha Khoh

On Rigveda hill

39.

Reech Khoh

On Rigveda hill

40.

Sajiwan

On Rigveda hill

41.

Yugaantar

South of Bandhavgarh mountain (Khirki)

42.

Hanuman Khoh

On Narayan Kot (Bandhavgarh mountain)

43.

Dwarf cave

Near Raghuraj Dhara (Bandhavgarh mountain)

44.

Tarvaar Khoh

On Bandhavgarh mountain

45.

Nirad Khoh

Backside of Ganesha hill

46.

Rishi Khoh

On Ramgiri hill

47.

Meditation Room One

Sidh hill

48.

Meditation Room Two

Sidh hill

49.

Meditation Room

Sidh hill

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