Sonbhandar caves – Rajgir [Nalanda District, Bihar]
“Sonbhandar” – literally means gold treasure. Sonbhandar caves is at Rajgir, in Nalanda district. Legend has it that these caves still hide a passage to the treasury of gold. of King Bimbisara. There are two cave chambers. These two chambers are hollowed out of a single massive rock. It is believed that one of the chambers has been the guard room with a doorway that leads to King Bimbisara Treasury [which is believed to be still intact]. The second chambers has many etchings into the wall.
Tour guide showing us doorway which has treasure of King Bimbisara. Inscriptions in Sankhlipi or shell script is a clue for opening the doorway.
The second chambers bears a few traces of seated and standing deities etched into the wall.
PHOTO GALLERY: Sonbhandar Caves