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Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves
The world famous Ellora Caves lie elegantly 30 km from Aurangabad (Maharashtra) in Charnadari Hills of Deccan. Renowned for its unmatched architectural beauty, Ellora Caves have been designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Abode to many of architecturally excellent Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples, Ellora Caves constitute a vast tourist attraction.

The ancient caves were excavated during the period from 5th to 13th century AD. The wider popularity of the caves shrine can be weighed with the fact that total 34 caves of the complex represent the three faiths – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The 12 Buddhist temples were the first to be built followed by 17 Hindu and 5 Jain temples. Made of solid rock, the Ellora Caves with its primitive magic and mysticism put its visitors at height of amazement.

The Ellora Caves like Ajanta Caves may not be called sculpturally superior, but its architectural charm are earthly, not even surpassed by Ajanta Caves. Seeing the paintings, drawing and rock-cut architectural beauty of Ellora Caves complex are great aesthetic delight. A fine composite of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, all the caves embody not only greater religious significance, but also it leads tourists to witness the rich culture, which the country has been preserving for thousands of years. .

Must See & Do !
Tin Tala: Tin Tala (Cave 12) is Buddhist monastery dating back to middle of 8th century. The best you can watch here is smooth and levelled ceiling and floors of three-storeyed building. .

Kailasa Temple: The Cave 16 houses the Kailasa Temple- the largest monolithic structure in the world. The view of three-storeyed Vimana, the main Mandapa, two giant pillars and four sub-shrines are the main attraction and architectural wonder to see here.

Indrasabha Temple: In the cave 32 is Indrasabha Temple, the most prominent of all 5 Jain caves. One can best see here the series of shrines to the many Jain saints, besides its huge pillars and statue of large elephant are worth giving a wonderful gaze.

Nearby locations: Popular locations like Grishneshwar (1 km) - famous for housing one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, Khuldabad (3 km) - famous holy destination for Deccan Muslims, and Daulatabad (13 km) – the historical city and capital of Mohammed Bin Tughlaq, are worth visiting.

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