Monday, August 13, 2012

Ellora Caves

From Aurangabad we left to Ellora via Daulatbad which is 20 kms away. Ellora is the site of famous cave temples.



This cave temples of Ellora belong to three phases of religious systems: Bhuddism, Jainism and Brahamanism. In these caves there are elaborate carvings of Gods and Goddesses representing three faiths. The architecture of caves of each faith is very distinctive. 



The caves on the Southern side 1 - 12 belong to Bhuddism.
The caves 13 - 29 belong to Brahamanism.
The caves 30 - 34 belong to Jainism.

These caves built between 5th and 10th century represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. This World Heritage site is marvel in rock cut art.



Some of the interesting caves are  2, 5810, 12, 14, 15, 16 (1, 2, 3), 17, 21 

48 comments:

krishna said...

awesome.. put some more pictures of the same...

George said...

This sounds like a wonderful place to visit. It's hard to imagine how all of these wonderful structures were built.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Marvelous pictures. Thank you for sharing.

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Very nice. I think the people who love sculptures will never miss to visit Ellora.

Krishna said...

thanks for sharing...

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice clicks.

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LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Quite incredible.

Cafe au lait said...

Beautiful shots.

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Kat Mortensen said...

Saw this over on someone else's blog, and I just had to pop over to tell you that I live in the town of Elora in Ontario, Canada and it was named after these caves by the founder, (Captain Gilkinson)of the town back in 1832. The caves of the gorge on the Grand River here, reminded him of the ones in India.

Jeevan said...

Great rock-cut structures! Incredible

aativas said...

Beautiful and informative.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What an amazing sight! I can't imagine the amount of physical labor that it took to carve these caves out of rock!

Gary said...

Again incredible carvings. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! Fascinating photography ~ and info ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Sylvia K said...

What a fascinating, beautiful place, Rajesh! Wonderful captures for the day!!

Indrani said...

One of the best sites in India.

Al said...

I love these cave temples, nice photographs.

LV said...

A post in history with just the right touch of blue.

cassandrasminicorner said...

The places are awesome, great shots!

Visiting from Blue Monday- hope you can stop by..

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chubskulit said...

Wish I could visit India someday!

Visiting from Blue MOnday.

ladyfi said...

Amazing how the caves of different faiths live in harmony and offer delight to all visitors.

Something we should learn from.

lorik said...

Another great photo of another beautiful memory. I will never forget this place - i visited it long ago! I have just bought a slide scanner and hopefully I will have some pics of India to post too! Will be interesting to compare - then and now.

Fun60 said...

Another great picture of Indian carvings. I really enjoy your facts of the day = very informative.

Liza said...

These are interesting. Are the caves open to the public?

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Une Angevine said...

je suis en admiration devant ces sculptures aux fa├žades

eileeninmd said...

A very interesting heritage site. The carving are just amazing, great photos.

Leovi said...

Excellent pictures, very beautiful temples of the caves. Greetings.

Lowell said...

That first show is truly amazing...and again I ask "How did they do that?" :-) I especially like how the caves represent various religious traditions.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

very informative...

P.N. Subramanian said...

Grand edifices.

maria said...

Amazing caves. Happy RT2!

Mine's here.

Roger Owen Green said...

elegant, as always
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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photowannabe said...

Those are amazing how they are hewn out of the rock.

Carver said...

Very interesting and beautiful cave temples. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Mama Zen said...

Incredible pictures!

Saru Singhal said...

Beautiful, true gems of India.:)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It is awe-inspiring for so many reasons! The wonderful carvings, beautiful artworks in themselves and but maybe even more important that the three religions share d in it. It must be a marvelous thing to see -- it certainly deserves to be a World Heritage Site.

bettyl said...

What a wonderful sight! I'm sure it was exciting to see in person.

joshidaniel.com said...

beautiful :)

amessagetoindia.com said...

Thanks for the pictures and for the information. I makes me dream!

Eden said...

Whata beautiful place to visit! Great shots.

Viyoma said...

Spent 17 Years in Aurangabad, before moving to Maximum City. Daulatabad. Ellora, Ajanta- close to my heart.
Love the city and its simplicity.

Tourism and Industries are 2 things- A’bad is famous for.

Carmel Cole said...

nice shots of India. sorry for the l8 visit, hope you could visit my Blue Monday here: http://www.memorylanebymel.com/memory-lane-monday-27-clinton-square-park-travels-at-syracuse-part-1/

aparna anurag said...

nyc captures!!

Meghana Hassan said...

Amazing photography...

allresourceupdates said...

Ajanta and Ellora Caves is on my wish list for a long time and don't know when I will be able to visit these..

Nice Captures Rajesh.. :-)

Benella Cox said...

Beautiful Cave..........