He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

In April of 1819, British officer John Smith was pursuing a tiger through the jungle outside of Mumbai when he stumbled upon a strange cave entrance hidden in the brush.

Something seemed oddly deliberate about the cave entrance and so he decided to abandon his hunt to investigate further. He soon discovered what appeared to be ornate carvings in the rock. Little did he know that was just the beginning.

In 1819, British officer John Smith was hunting a tiger in the forest outside of Mumbai when he stumbled across a strange cave.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

Inside were what appeared to be man-made carvings. But that was just the beginning.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

Further investigation revealed an entire system of shrines and monuments carved directly into the rock.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

And 30 different caves.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

Experts believe that they were constructed around 200 BCE as a retreat for Buddhist monks during the terrible monsoon season.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

Each of the caves is unique, with its own intricately designed entrances and interiors.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

The caves were largely abandoned by the 7th century, but remained a sacred place for locals.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

Many of the carvings depict the life of Buddha and his many incarnations.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

There are also a large number of paintings, many of which are remarkably well-preserved.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

It’s amazing how much color and detail still remains after all those years.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

One of the more popular theories surrounding the caves is that they were built to align with the solstices and other cosmological events.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

Caves 19 and 26 do actually align perfectly with the winter and summer solstices, respectively.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

On their designated days, the sun shines straight through holes in their roofs, illuminating the religious displays within.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

Even after centuries, the interiors are still absolutely stunning.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

The effort and precision required to build these elaborate structures is truly mind-boggling.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

Especially considering they had to do it with comparatively limited tools.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

We may never know exactly how they managed to build these incredible caves.

He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside…

Simply amazing. It really makes you wonder what other secrets may still be hiding out there, waiting to be discovered by adventurous souls!

Originally taken from Boredom Therapy

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