the ajanta caves

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The Ajanta Caves (अजिंठा लेणी) are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales.The caves were built in two phases starting around the 2nd century BCE, with the second group of caves built around 400–650 CE according to older accounts. In 1983, the caves became the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of India.

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1. Ajanta Caves Complex with all the entrances visible.

2. Entrance to Cave 19.

3. Chaitya Griha or prayer hall in Cave 29.

4. The Buddha in a preaching pose, Cave 1.

(Aurangabad district, Maharashtra)

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The Ajanta Caves are in Maharashtra, India and they comprise of around 30 carved Buddha statues. What makes these caves extra special though is the large number of very beautiful paintings – excellent examples of Indian art at its finest. They date from the 2nd century BC. You get an extra bonus if you visit these caves, they are not far from the beautiful Ellora caves.

Ajanta Ellora caves

I am really happy to share this post with you guys. My last post about The Ajanta Caves got some good reviews and I am really excited to share my latest findings about Ellora with you..

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The name Ajanta Ellora caves have always been spoken together but very few people actually know that they are two different kind of structures.

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The main difference in the Ajanta Ellora caves is as follows. While Ajanta predominantly has paintings describing the birth of Buddha, the significant contrast about Ellora caves is that it has rock cut temples dedicated to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, the three religions which had their origin in India.

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So, the story goes on like this that Ellora caves were built during 5th to 7th century. In contrast to Ajanta, these caves have beautiful temples dedicated to various Gods.This is the biggest difference between Ajantha Ellora caves

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 Ellora does not have any paintings, but has massive sculptures carved in stones. You can find huge multistory buildings in the campus.

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The place is better lighted than Ajanta and much easier to approach on foot. Wall carvings in these caves are brilliant and mesmerizing at times showcasing the brilliance of artists who worked and meditated at the same place for years. 

Note: Ellora is a world heritage site located around 29 kilometers from Aurangabad. You can reach the site by your own vehicle, cab or a state tourism buses.

Check out my post about the Ajanta caves

http://vibrancyoflife.tumblr.com/post/27961160392/ajanta-caves