Son Bhandar or Sone Bhandar are artificial caves located in Rajgir, Bihar. Caves have always been a topic of amazement and enigma, and so are the Son Bhandar caves of Bihar. Located at the foot of Vaibhar Hills, Son Bhander are two adjacent caves that have been welcoming historians, travelers, and archaeologist experts from around the world for their mysteries and charm.
So, without further ado, let's go on a virtual tour of these caves, which are among the top tourist places in Bihar.
History of Son Bhandar Caves in Bihar
Son Bhandar caves have been carved out of monolithic rock and are set amidst a green landscape. The entrance of Son Bhandar caves have inscriptions that have been identified to be belonging to the Gupta period script. As per the inscriptions, it can be implied that it was constructed by Vairadeva, a Jain Muni (a Wise Man).
The carvings and inscriptions in the caves establish its relation with Jainism. In addition to the inscriptions, there lies an unfinished sculpture of Lord Vishnu, which is currently displayed in a museum. The main cave has some prominent architectural features comprising a rectangular shape, pointed ceiling, and a trapezoidal entrance, which add to its aesthetic appeal.
Myths and Legends about the Mysterious Son Bhandar Caves in Bihar