kailashnath temple


the Kailashnath Temple is carved out of one single rock. Carvers started at the top and excavated downward, exhuming the temple out of the existing rock. The traditional methods were rigidly followed by the master architect, which could not have been achieved by excavating from the front.

Dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva, the temple was built between 756-774 CE by the Rashtrakuta king Krishna I and measures about 60 feet tall and 200 feet wide. All the carvings are done on more than one level. Originally flying bridges of stone connected these galleries to central temple structures, but they have since fallen. The base of the temple has been carved to suggest that elephants are holding the structure aloft.

This temple was carved out of a Single Rock! How magnifique is that!

There are many man-made wonders of the world such as Colossus of Rhodes, Great Pyramid of Giza, Great Wall of China and Hanging Gardens of Babylons. Those are most famous ones but there are lots of amazing wonders out there but not familiar by us, like Kailashnath Temple in India. The most amazing part about the Kailashnath Temple is vertical excavation — carvers started at the top of the original rock, and excavated downward. It is estimated that about 400,000 tons of rocks was scooped out over hundreds of years to construct this monolithic structure. Striking proportion, elaborate workmanship architectural content and sculptural ornamentation of rock-cut architecture.