Cave Number 10, The Buddha Cave, at Ellora was the one Meher Baba liked best.It is also known as  “Sutar’s (Carpenter’s Jhopra,)” cave because it is where Lord Buddha is represented as Vishvakarma, a Hindu deity identified as the “lord of the arts, executor of a thousand handcrafts”, including carpentry.This blending of Buddhism and Hinduism represents a mingling of concepts that the Mahayana system initiated.

The interior of the cave is graced by a large sitting Buddha and the architecture, with its distinctive ribbed design carved into the roof, produces an acoustical effect that made it ideal for congregation meetings which is why it is the only proper “chaitya-hall” in the entire complex.All other Buddhist caves at Ellora are “viharas” i.e. those containing cells for the monks to live and meditate.There is also a traditional “Buddha Stupa” which is said to contain some relic of the Buddha who, prior to His death, ordered His body cremated and his hair, teeth and ashes distributed to various Buddha centers throughout India and Sri Lanka.Eruch said about this cave that when Baba would bring His mandali here where He would recline against one of the pillars and, after eating, would enjoy their afternoon siesta.Sometimes stories were told of the Mandali members sang songs.As they would leave Baba, in keeping with Buddhist tradition, would walk the Mandali around the right side of Buddha’s statue (facing the statue from the cave entrance).Mani and Meheru recall being with Baba when He dictated on His alphabet board, “I am Buddha.”At that moment Mani experienced that the whole cave reverberated with impact of that silent statement.

 

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BUDHA CAVE
BUDDHA CAVE
ERUCH TELLS THE STORY (5:16)