Mandapeshwar Caves

Location: Shivaji Nagar, Marian Colony, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400103.

Mandpeshwar Caves are a rock cut shrine built by Buddhist viharis, as place of residence. The Mandapeshwar Caves are smaller and lesser known as compared to the Kanheri caves in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali East. The ruins of an old Portuguese-built church stand on top of the caves. The Immaculate Conception Church is located to its south end.

Mandapeshwar Caves is one among the four rock cut shrines – The other three being Jogeshwari Caves, Mahakali Caves and Elephanta Caves. Mandapeshwar caves have sculptures of Nataraja, Sadashiva and a splendid sculpture of Ardhanarishvara. It also has Ganesha, Brahma and Vishnu statuettes.