SIYOT CAVES

Buddhism continued to flourish in Kutch from first to fourth century AD. People of Indus civilization also patronized Buddhism together with Hinduism and Jainism. During archaeological explorations Buddhist caves found in Siyot, near Gaduli village on Lakhapat Road- about 90kms from Bhuj. This east facing caves is around the first century. Brahim inscription and seals have been found at this caves site. With just hammer and chisel held in the hands Bhikshu's carved out Viharas and Chaityas for their monastic complexes. On the High way from Bhuj to lakhapat comes the village of Ghaduliya from where a road leads past the village of siyot to a cave with an east -facing sanctum and an ambulatory, which is said to date around the first century AD. Brahmi inscriptions and seals have been found at this cave site. This may have been one of 80 sites that the Chinese travelers Husan Tsang reported seen in the seventh century at the mouth of the Indus River. There is a primitive rock step well at walking distance from this site.

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