These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, ... More
These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, not far from Aurangabad, in Maharashtra. Ellora, with its uninterrupted sequence of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, brings the civilization of ancient India to life. Not only is the Ellora complex a unique artistic creation and a technological exploit but, with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India.
I rank Ellora Caves as one of my top four sites in India. The other three are Ajanta Caves, Khajuraho, and the Taj Mahal.
Ellora is home to one of the most impressive structures I have seen anywhere -- the Khailasa Temple. This entire temple was carved out of a chunk of the mountain. Imagine how small the margin of error must have been. If you make a mistake, you can't just glue chunks of mountain back. Add to that the fact that this was done 1000 to 1500 years ago. The temple is huge so it must have taken many people a long time to create it (I use "create" instead of "build" because it's all one big carving). On top of all of that, there are intricate depictions of elephants, nature, humanity, and more carved into the temple structure. Again, if a craftsman made a mistake, how would he compensate? The entire temple is a carving so you can't just add back rock to the mountain.
There are three sets of caves at Ellora. One set is Hindu, one is Buddhist, and one is Jain. A taxi can get you to Ellora in less than an hour from Aurangabad. You should probably budget at least a half a day to really enjoy the site. There is a good MTDC restaurant in the nearby park area.
The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th
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