Ajanta Ellora Caves

 

 

 

Experience the magic of Ajanta and Ellora

A historical trip to Maharashtra would be incomplete without visiting the world famous Ajanta and Ellora caves. Recognized as a world heritage site by Unesco, these groups of caves lie near the city of Auranagabad and are easily accessed by air, rail and road.

Originally used by Buddhists as sheltered retreats, the caves lay hidden till the 19th century when a British traveler accidentally discovered them. Cut into the mountain side, the walls of the caves are adorned with numerous sculptures and impressive engravings and rich stories that showcase details about Buddhist Culture. What’s amazing about these caves are that the interiors were done only with hammers and chisels.

 

The attractions are close to the city of Aurangabad which is directly linked to Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur and Jaipur by air. A journey by bus or train will take you to the city from where you can catch another local bus to Ajanta.

Taxis and private cabs are aplenty and can be found right at the entrance of the airport, bus or railway stations. In addition to these options, tours are also organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (M T D C) from Mumbai to Aurangabad.

Ajanta Caves:-

There are a total of 63 caves which include 34 at Ellora and 29 at Ajanta, out of which Ajanta is more famous for its monasteries and temples. The sculptures are extremely lifelike and showcase the deft skill and craftsmanship involved in making them.

The Kailasha temple in Cave 16 is a small world wonder itself. The entire temple is carved out of a single rock and boasts of having a gateway, pavilion, sanctum, tower and an assembly hall. The famous cave of Elephanta which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is symbolized by the Dumar Lena cave.

About a mile away from the Kailasa temple are a group of Jain caves which house a seating figure of meditating Mahavira (Indian sage) in addition to grand figurines of Parasvanath (ruler) and Jain Tirthankaras (people who propagated Jainism after conquering love and hatred). Estados para Whatsapp

The paintings in these caves date back to the the 2nd century AD and depict incidents in the life of Gautama Buddha and their influence on people, right up to the 7th center AD. All paintings were created by the tempera technique which uses nothing but mud plaster as the base.

The majority of paintings depict phases of Indian history before and after the era of the Christ. Scenes of royal court life, Greek and Roman compositions and Chinese manners can also be found in addition to the ancient laws and practices of Buddhism.

Ellora Caves:- Located 30 km from Aurangabad, these caves are where you get to see three different religions amalgamating into one. Regarded as one of the best standing witnesses of cave temple architecture, the 34 caves are carved into the sides of a black volcanic hill.

Constructed over a period of 350 years dating back from 350 A.D. to 700 A.D., the 17 caves in the center are focused on Hinduism, the 5 caves to the North symbolize Jain culture and the remaining 15 caves down south are dedicated to Buddhism. The exquisitely carved structures, interiors and sculptures of these caves adorn their respective faiths and give a secular feeling to tourists and locals alike.

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