Ajanta and Ellora
Chiseled during the
span between the 2nd century BC and the 8th century AD, the
Ajanta and Ellora caves are two of the most alluring tourist
destinations in India. Your tour to India is, in fact,
incomplete without a trip to this wonderful tourist site near
the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
Discovered by John Smith, a British Army Officer with his group
on their expedition in 1819, the caves of Ajanta and Ellora lay
amidst the Sahyadri hills, carved into the mountain side, over
the Waghora River.
They illustrate the
story of Buddhism, spanning over a period from 200 BC to 650 AD.
There are 29 caves which were built as isolated retreats of the
Buddhist monks, who preached and performed religious rites in
the Chaityas and Viharas, the ancient centers of learning of the
Buddhist cultural movement.
The saints carved out
the stunning figures to decorate the walls of these structures
with the help of hammer and chisel. A lot of the caves exhibit
panels demonstrating stories from the Jatakas - tales of the
several incarnations of the Buddha. One can notice images of
nymphs and princesses amongst others.
At 30 kms from Aurangabad are located the Ellora caves, 34 in
number. They are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill. The
facades and finely designed interiors are some of the finest
examples of cave - temple architecture. Carved during 350 AD to
700 AD, these structures depict the three faiths of Hinduism,
Buddhism and Jainism. The 17 in the centre are dedicated to
Hinduism, 12 caves to the south are Buddhist and the 5 caves to
the north are Jain.
The Kailasa temple in Cave 16 stands as one of the greatest
architectural wonders with the entire composition chiseled out
of a monolith. This mountain, believed to be the holy abode of
Lord Shiva, is probably the world's largest monolith. The
pavilion, gateway, assembly hall, sanctum and tower, are all cut
out of a single block. Unlike most of the other temple
constructions that start from the base, the sculpture here
starts from the very top and the sides. Though massive in size,
it exhibits the most delicate and intricate works of art. The
Dumar Lena cave is built in resemblance of the famous cave -
temple at Elephanta, and is devoted to Lord Shiva.
The Jain caves are located almost a mile away from the Kailasa
temple, among which Cave 32 has a beautiful shrine decorated
with exquisite carved forms of a lotus flower on the roof, and a
yakshi on a lion under a mango tree.
Caves 32 and 34 house
the majestic statues of Parasnath. The other Jain caves have the
illustrations of Tirthankaras, and one of them, even has a
seated figure of Mahavira.
The Ajanta and Ellora caves gracefully convey the aspects of
nobility, grace and serenity reminiscent of Buddha himself and
Ajanta Ellora Package Tour
Day 1: Arrival &
Transfer to Hotel, Aurangabad City Tour & Visit Paithan Garden &
Dam, Night Stay at Hotel..
Day 2: After Breakfast proceed to to Ajanta Caves, & Night Stay
Day 3: After Breakfast Ellora Caves, Grishneshwar Temple &
Daultabad Fort, Khultabad, Departuare Transfer.
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