Subject: Art and culture
√DharaShiv caves were in news recently when Maharashtra CM referred to Osmanabad as Dharashiv (named after 6th century caves).
√Osmanabad is named after the last ruler of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, while Dharashiv is derived from the name for the sixth-century caves near the city.
√Dharashiv caves are the nexus of 7 caves in Balaghat mountains in Maharashtra.
√These have been declared as Protected area by Government of Maharashtra.
√They are believed to be built around 5th-7th century.
√There have been debates over caves whether they are Buddhist or Jain creations.
√It is believed that these caves were originally Buddhist, but later some caves were converted to Jain caves.
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