Mahakala Cave Bodhgaya

Dungeshwari cave

Dungeshwari Cave Temples, also known as Mahakala caves, lies 12 km north-east of Bodhgaya in Bihar. Where three caves contain Buddhist shrines, where the Buddha is believed to have meditated.

Gautama Siddhartha is believed to have piously meditated at this place for six years before he went to Bodhgaya for the final realisation. Two small shrines are built to commemorate this phase of Buddha. A golden emaciated Buddha sculpture memorising the rigid penance is enshrined in one of the cave temples and a large (about 6’ tall) Buddha’s s statue in the other. A Hindu goddess deity Dungeshwari is also placed inside the cave temple.