Ellora caves

Divine rocks

Fabulous sculptures decorating the rock cut temple monastery of Ellora caves in the Maharasthra India

Fabulous sculptures decorating the rock cut temple monastery of Ellora caves Maharasthra India

Another glimpse of my travels into the fabulous rock cut Kailash temple of Ellora. The 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.

Ellora caves

Ellora caves

Pillared galleries of three floors surround the courtyard with connecting bridges. The interiors are richly carved columns with alcoves and niches containing large sculptures of Shiva, Vishnu and painted walls with carvings of various deities and mithunas (erotic figures)

Climb to the top of the rock to get a stunning aerial view of this unique architectural wonder. These images are scanned from slides and negatives taken with my film camera during my first visit to India.

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4 replies »

  1. Kailash temple is on top of my wish list for my next trip to India. Peoples from different cultures around the world created such rock-cut temples and shrines centuries ago. But the ones at Ellora appear to be among the most intricate and ornate.

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