Cave 12


Cave 12, the huge Tin Thal (Three Storey) Cave, is entered through a courtyard. The locked shrine on the top floor contains a large Buddha figure flanked by his seven previous incarnations. The walls are carved with relief pictures.

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Cave 13 is a simple Hindu cave, most likely a granary.

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4. Cave 14

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5. Cave 10

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6. Cave 15

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7. Cave 9

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8. Cave 8

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Cave 8 is the first cave in which the sanctum is detached from the rear wall.