Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023

Dhamnar Caves





Dhamnar Caves are located in Dhamnar village of Mandsaur district in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. This rock cut site has 51 caves, stupas, Chaityas, passages and compact dwellings and were carved in 7th century AD. The site includes the colossal status of Gautama Buddha in sitting and Nirvana mudra.







Fourteen caves on northern side are historically significant among which Bari Kacheri (big courthouse) and Bhima Bazar are the magnificent. The Bari Kacheri cave measure 20 feet square includes stupa and chaitya. The porch includes stone railing with the wooden architecture. Bhima Bazar cave is the largest among the group, measuring 115 feet by 80 includes vihara and chaityagruha.