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You always see beauty in rocks ... beauty which only increased with the addition of human effort to it ... and it was immense presence the human effort in the caves of Ajanta and Ellora which makes you stop and think about what might have inspired those unknown artistes to carve out these masterpieces out of rocks.


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Buddhist Caves in India

The date April, 1819 has been recorded on a copper plate and we remember the date and name written on it ... and that's not without reason. The man, John Smith would otherwise have remained a nondescript soldier of the British Army but for the moment when he was amazed by what he saw in a remote place near Aurangabad, Maharashtra in India. Though he was looking for a tiger, he instead found a series of 29 caves which were carved deep into the horseshoe shaped cliff located only a few miles away from the old walled town of Ajanta.

It is now a UNESCO world heritage site along with Taj Mahal. These caves were carved from 2nd century BC to 6th century AD. These caves are dedicated to Lord Buddha whose followers used to reside here and study the religion. It is believed that they have decorated these caves with their excellent architectural as well as artistic skills. The Ellora caves are located in the Charanadari hills in Deccan and these are also a series of ancient temples and monasteries hewn out of the mountainside.


Ajanta Caves
Lying 101 km north of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the Ajanta Caves epitomize the brilliance of the Buddhist art and architecture. The Ajanta Caves stand for the entire evolution of the Buddhist architecture. The caves were cut out of the volcanic lava of the Deccan.



Ellora Caves
Carved between 350 AD and 700 AD, the Ellora Caves are located at a distance of 30 km from Aurangabad. The caves are wonderful pieces of history representing three faiths - Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.



Karla Caves
Karle Caves near Lonavala (Maharastra) are the excellent example of Hinayana sculpture of Satvahana period. The caves can boast to house the largest and the most preserved Chaityas in India. Most welcome to you all to have a glimpse of the masterpiece.



Kanheri Caves
Dating back to 1st century BC. to 9th AD, Kanheri Caves, near Mumbai, are the finest examples of Buddhist sculpture in western India. These caves have many Chaityas and Viharas containing numerous idols, paintings and inscriptions. Come and discover more.



Junnar Caves
Junnar Caves, near Pune, are said to be the excellent example of rock-cut circular shrines in India. These around 100 caves are divided into three groups-Tulija Lena, Ganesha Lena and Buta Lena, presenting the panorama of Buddhist excellence in art.



Pandavleni Caves
The group of Buddhist and Jain Caves, dating back to 1st century BC to 2nd century AD is located at Trirashmi Hills, near Nasik, Maharastra. The place was used to give the sermons to the disciples. Tourists love the place as the place leaves a soothing effect on them.




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