Mumbai: Sanjay Gandhi National Park houses seven ancient caves

Mumbai: A three-member team has claimed to discover seven ancient caves in the forests of the sprawling Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli, on the northern fringes of the city.

The discovery is the result of an excavation programme jointly conducted by the Centre for Archaeology, Mumbai University, and the department of ancient Indian culture, Sathaye College.

According to TOI,the caves date back to 1st century BCE (or BC) and 5th-6th century CE (or AD) and served as a monsoon shelter for the monks.

They are Buddhist 'viharas' (residences for monks) with only one of them showing the remains of a 'harmika' (the top railing of a stupa).

The approval from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) still is awaited for detailed exploration and documentation of these new caves.

News24 Bureau