Thursday, February 26, 2009

A view of the Buddhist Caves

The 34 caves of Ellora are beautiful rock cut temples and monastries hewn out of solid rock of the Charandar hills display the exquisite craftsmanship of ancient India. The these caves represent some of the most beautiful Buddhist, Hindu and Jain architecture in Western India.

The pictures above are of the exterior of some of the Buddhist caves while the title picture above shows scenes from the Ramayana (an ancient Indian epic) in the largest cave no 16 called the Kailash Temple (this is a Hindu cave).

Cave 10

This is an impressive self-contained one-storied structure with a portico at the entrance. some beautiful carvings to be seen here

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Cave 1

Anila gives a pose
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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Entrance to Cave 16 - Kailash temple

This is the largest and most magnificent and imposing cave. We spent over one hour admiring the fine carvings and clicking nearly every panel from every angle!

This is the entrance to the cave. The exterior hardly gives an idea about what the grand interior holds.

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Kailash Temple Cave 16 Interior

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More from the kailash Temple

This is the entry point to the complex. Photo taken from the first floor of the Kailash Temple.

Inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple
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