Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cave No. 8, Ellora

The Cave No. 8 at Ellora is a Hindu Cave that is constructed sometime in 7th century during the period of Kalchuri dynasty. 




The shrine is separated from the back wall by a circumlocutory passage. A number of cells are carved inside the wall. One of the beautiful carving shown above. 



Outside the cave, on the free wall there is a carving of the yaksha Jambhala sitting with his wife, Hariti, who holds one of her five hundred children on her lap. As protective as well as wealth-bestowing figures, they often figure in Buddhist contexts.

33 comments:

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice captures.

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Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Awesome cave temple.

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

beautiful again

Lowell said...

Can't imagine how much work is involved in such a cave(s)...marvelous!

islandwonder said...

It looks peaceful in there!

Marie said...

So great. I would love to visit these sites sometime!

Sylvia K said...

Hariti deserves a protective wall of her own!! Five hundred children!! And I thought my four of them was enough!! Terrific captures as always, Rajesh! Have a great weekend!

Carletta said...

You always share the most amazing places!

Steffi said...

Very beautiful photos for SWF,Rajesh!Thank you for it and have a nice weekend!

Genie Robinson said...

Rajesh...The sculptures are beautiful. It is nice to see women for a change. They look so happy and pleased with themselves. Would love to go into the cave section to see the different cells. Where are all the tourists? It looks like you had the site all to yourself. genie

Carver said...

You have so much wonderful artwork built into the walls.

sceneoftranquility said...

Yet another beautifully carved cave.

Al said...

Another great place, they seem to love making amazing places out of their caves here!

Indrani said...

Great shots!

LifeRamblings said...

looks like a fascinating cave.

Desi Traveler said...

I need to visit them...

Zuzana said...

Amazing and very impressive, can imagine how hard it must have been for the builders to create this. Have a great weekend:)
xoxo

Leovi said...

That beautiful sculptures, great photos.

Jeevan said...

Amazing!

George said...

This is a fascinating cave. Once again the carvings are exquisite.

Heather said...

Amazing facade...just beautiful!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the ancient cave.

namaki said...

Nice ! Makes me feel like travelling there !

Catherine said...

Lovely shots..the carvings are beautiful

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

She looks very beautiful and young for a mother of 500 ;>)! Seriously, the carvings are absolutely amazing as always. There is a lot of difference between what I think of as a cave and this ornate and beautiful structure!

Chubby Chieque said...

Another place for a peaceful and calm moment.

India amazes me. Love the historical places and the building, temples and every lil details.

Happy week ahead.
/CC girl

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a grand cave with beautifully detailed carvings! I am amazed how well preserved this is!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Beautiful cave!

Hazel Ceej said...

Interesting how caves have numbers in your part of the world.

Ashok Jha said...

these sites are heritage sites,which is very rare for genral public.thanks for sharing with us.

D. Prabhu said...

Beautiful photos :)

रजनीश के झा (Rajneesh K Jha) said...

प्रभावी !!!
शुभकामना
आर्यावर्त

Anita said...

I really want to visit.
Nice that you have numbered the caves & shared for us :)