Location: At Rajgir City on Vaibhara Hill
District - Nalanda
Circuit - Jain, Buddhist Hindu
Landmark - Step-way adjacent to the Hotwater Spring (Kund )at the hill base
About / Importance –
Buddhist – The caves are believed to be once meditation place for the Buddha. The first Buddhist Council lead by Mahakashyapa, one of Buddha’s main disciples, was held here and the texts on Buddha’s teachings were put to writing. This event took place after about six months of Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana.
Jain - There are important Jain Temples on the way to the Saptaparni caves.
Hindu – A partially ruined ancient Shiva temple is also found here. There are signs of unexcavated mounds nearby. The pillars of the temple are plain and octagonal. The front roof had been destroyed and the Shivaling is enshrined in the inner chamber.
View & Feel - The flight of steps that leads to the holy caves starts from the base where the famous hot water spring temple is situated. At the peak there is the quaint Jain temple at the shadow of a large tree. One takes a right turn to climb down towards the other side of the hill and a few steps down, are located the natural caves with the extended rock platform. The array of pilgrimages diverse religion on both the sides of the stairway and finally a view of the valley from the peak make this place a must visit spot.