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Sonabhandara Caves - Rajgir India

Sonabhandara Caves are historic caves in Bihar. They are rock-cut caves found in Rajgir region of the state. These caves were created between 3rd and 4th century for the Jain ascetics. The caves have a serene ambiance and beautiful surroundings. They are carved in the Mauryan style and carry the beautiful inscriptions from Buddhism.

Why Is It Famous?
The site of Sonabhandara Caves is famous due to different reasons. Many legends are associated with Sonabhandara Caves. According to a legend, these caves are claimed to be a huge temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The broken idol of Lord Vishnu narrates these caves being a Hindu pilgrimage site in the then times.

The second legend states of Sonbhandara Caves being a treasure chest. The name ‘Sonabhandara’ literally translates to the ‘collection of gold’ in Hindi. It is acclaimed that gold is hidden in this cave but the passage leading to it is a mystery. Many unsuccessful attempts were made by the British to discover the gold. Firing the cannons destructed a huge part of this cave.

Best Time To Visit:-
The tourists visit Sonabhandhara Caves on a huge scale. Every season of the year, excluding summers, is apt for visiting these caves in Rajgir.

Watch Out!
While visiting Sonabhandara Caves, do not forget to carry extra food and water. There is no food outlet located nearby these caves and thus, carrying extra food is recommended.

Reaching There:-
Rajgir is well-connected to the highways, broad gauge railways, and airways. People often choose these modes to reach Rajgir. Commuting within the city is done via local transit.

Nearest Railway Station:- Rajgir Junction
Nearest Airport:- Patna Airport

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