Historical | Pilgrimage
#5 of 16 Places to Visit in Panchgani
Distance (From Panchgani Bus Station): 7 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Bus / + Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 7 km from Panchgani Bus Station, Rajpuri Caves are one amongst the most ancient attractions of the Panchgani region.
There are four caves and these ancient caves are surrounded by many water kunds. It is believed that these caves were used for penance and religious rituals by Lord Kartikeya. It is also said to be the home of Pandavas during their exile. Devotees believe that taking bath in these holy kunds will provide relief from all kinds of diseases and evils.
The main attraction of Rajpuri Caves is the Lord Kartikeya Temple, which is supposed to have been built with the sand taken from the caves. Entrance of the cave contains several stone plates with inscriptions on them. Two traditional images of Nandi are located in front of the caves. Out of the two images, one lies right opposite to the entrance to the cave. The thaipooyam festival is the main attraction of this temple which is celebrated in the months of January / February.
One of the four caves is placed separate from the others. An old image of Lord Kartikeya can be seen here. Other three caves are linked by underground tunnels. The first cave contains a kund which is constantly filled with water flowing from the mouth of a sacred Gomukh.
The approach road is very narrow so one can park their vehicles on the main road and walk into the village. A short walk and a flight of stone steps leads down from an archway to the cave temples.