Photograph of the Lilajan River and Jaru in the
Barabar Hills in Bihar, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1872-73.
The Barabar and Nagarjuni Hills, which are situated close to one
another, contain seven cave-temples. The earliest of these have
been both architecturally and epigraphically dated to around 250
BC, when the area was under the rule of the Mauryan king, Asoka.
Asoka was a Buddhist who gov…