Mawysynram, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya.
All year daily 9-17.
Adults INR 10.
Parking INR 10.
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Dimension:||Portal: W=46 m, H=4.6 m.|
|Guided tours:||self guided|
|Address:||Mawjymbuin Cave, Mawjymbuiñ Rd, Meghalaya 793113, Tel: +91-, Fax: +91-,|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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Krem Mawjymbuiñ (Mawjymbuin Cave) aka Dong Khlieh Shnong Mawsynram is actually a huge cavern with a spectacular portal, and a single huge stalagmite in the center. Like often in India the stalagmite is considered to be a lingam, the penis of God Shiva, and so the cave is more or less a temple. It seems offering milk is quite common, but also a little annoying and stinky, when the milk becomes sour. So the pouring of milk is strictly prohibited. There is also a cave passage behind with electric light, but compared to the penis of a god it so unimportant that most visitors skip it.
Normally the cave is a rather calm and not very well visited. But during the month of Sravan and as part of the Kanwar Yatra the cave is flooded by thousands of believers and very crowded. We suggest to avoid this time of year. It seems the cave was freely accessible until a few years ago, but now there are open hours and a small entrance fee. The descriptions of the cave available on the web are even worse than those of other nearby caves, they obviously have no idea of caves at all and wrongly cite what probably once made sense.