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Divine Rocks …

The amazing rock-cut temples caves of Ellora

A World Heritage Site Ellora caves are situated a few kilometres from Aurangabad in the Maharasthra. It is one of India’s most beautiful rock-cut architecture where Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cultures blend in to create a master work of religious art. The earliest are 12 Buddhist shrines that predate the Hindu and Jain temples (5th – 11th centuries) The main attraction is the Kailash temple carved out from a single solid natural rock. This place is truly amazing. Walk around the Buddhist viharas (monasteries) and enter the splendidly carved chaitya (temple halls) to see large seated Buddhas and sculptured walls. Pillared galleries of three floors surround the courtyard with connecting bridges. The interiors are richly carved pillars with alcoves and niches containing large sculptures of Shiva, Vishnu and painted wall carvings of various deities and mithunas (erotic figures) To get a stunning aerial view of this unique work of art, climb to the top of the rock ….

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17 comments on “Divine Rocks …

  1. The Wanderlust Gene
    June 14, 2012

    That’s a lovely selection. Many thanks for sharing.

    • Photo Media
      June 14, 2012

      Thank you, glad you like it …

  2. 1cruzdelsur
    June 14, 2012

    Great shots. Socrates said: I know not anything. Very good job

    • Photo Media
      June 14, 2012

      Thank you so much. I’ve taken these shots sometime back and glad to share it :-)

  3. Bama
    June 14, 2012

    What a stunning place! I never put Ellora high on my list of places to go in India. But after looking at your pictures I believe I should.

    • Photo Media
      June 14, 2012

      Yes although it is “hidden away” from tourist route it is indeed a place not to be missed. There are a lot of interesting wall carvings on the upper galleries :-)

  4. Mondrak
    June 14, 2012

    I find your photos stunning, so I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award
    http://kattermonran.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/versatile-blogger-award/

    • Photo Media
      June 14, 2012

      Thank you so much I am most honoured :-)

      • Mondrak
        June 14, 2012

        You’re welcome. I really enjoy your posts.

  5. solaner
    June 14, 2012

    Hi,

    I nominated you for the “One Loveley Blog Award”
    You can find all the information you need here: http://solaner.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/one-lovley-blog-award/
    I really appreciate your work! It’s incredibly inspiring! Thank you!

    • Photo Media
      June 14, 2012

      Thank you so much … This is such a great reward :-) Very much appreciated !

  6. Steve
    June 18, 2012

    I love that pop of red on the thirds…really lifts the image….superb

    • Photo Media
      June 18, 2012

      Thank you … they were not posing but simply happened to be there (many Indians wear colourful dress) and it turns out to be quite a nice theatrical shot :-)

  7. Koya
    July 4, 2012

    I too love the hint of color among such greyness, especially the color of the turbans.

  8. my24space
    August 3, 2012

    Lovely captures ! even I have been to this place and its indeed beautiful. Even I have a post on Ellora caves in my blog too and thanks for liking my post :)

    • Photo Media
      August 4, 2012

      Thank you … A divine place indeed :-)

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