India

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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  1. 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.

    • 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 :-)

    • 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 :-)

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