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Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves

It is apparent that back in the past, there was harmony between Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains, considering close proximity of their religious buildings. Ellora Caves has 34 caves, each of which has its own specialty
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It is apparent that back in the past, there was harmony between Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains, considering close proximity of their religious buildings. Ellora Caves has 34 caves, each of which has its own specialty. If time is a constraint, then you must make it a point to visit at least Cave 1, Cave 2 and Cave 16.

Cave 1: The cave is a simple vihara and features 8 monastic cells

Cave 2: Cave 2 has 12 ornate square pillars. Lord Buddha seated on a lion is yet another attraction. The doorway features an impressive carving of Maitreya Buddha, along with Padmapani holding a lotus.

Cave 16: One of the highlights of Ellora Caves, Cave 16 or Kailash Temple also happens to be an important pilgrimage spot for the followers of Lord Shiva. The gopurams of this architectural marvel signify Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva

•           Ellora Caves were carved on the volcanic basaltic formation, which is also      known as Deccan Trap.

•           Cave 15 (Dashavatara) in Ellora depicts the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu

•           Cave 29 (Dhumar Lena) has similar design as Elephanta Caves

•           The painting style found in Ajanta Caves is believed to have inspired painting style in Tibet and Sri Lanka

•           The carvings of the caves are done in such a way that they somehow look like wooden construction

•           The main subjects of the paintings found in the caves are Jataka tales and incidences from the life of Lord Buddha

•           Ajanta Caves were excavated in a rock surface that looks like horse-shoe shape

•           The caves are more than two-thousand-year-old, but the statues are about 600 years younger, as they were added later

•           Ajanta Caves were abandoned post the end of Harisena’s reign. The sign was later covered in dense forest.

•           Buddha has always been against painting or carving his images, as he preached the lesson to rise above materialistic wishes. But after he died, his followers realized the need of his sculptures and paintings, so that they had something to look up to.

Timings And Fee

Ajanta and Ellora caves timings are as follows:

Ajanta Caves

Timings: 9 am to 9:30 pm (Mondays closed)

Entry fee: INR 10 per head (Indians) | INR 250 per head (foreign tourists) | INR 25 per camera | INR 0 for children below 15 years old

Ellora Caves

Timings: From sunrise to sunset

Entry fee: INR 10 per head (Indians) | INR 250 per head (foreign tourists) | INR 25 per camera

 

 

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BALIRAM DHAGE
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