Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cave No.2, Ellora

Cave No.2 in Ellora is a Buddhist Monastery that is built sometime between 5th and 10th century. 



The entrance door of the cave is flanked by Padmapani and Vajrapani. This cave has a hall with verandah in the front. In the hall there is a main shrine with two cells on either side. 



The hall has twelve decorative pillars placed on a raised plinth and the side walls are carved
with many images of Buddha.



Inside the shrine is a large figure of Buddha seated on a lion-throne, a symbol of the royal state. He is seated in Pralambapadasana in Dharmachakara Pravartan Mudra.


41 comments:

Pondside said...

It's hard to conceive of such age from over here where 'old' is 150 years!

eileeninmd said...

The pillars and carvings are wonderful. Beautiful photos!

Noel Morata said...

wonderful tour, what a interesting place to visit

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Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a beautiful place!

Mama Zen said...

Those pillars are exquisite!

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Marvelous! Forever in awe looking at these masterpieces.

Vasco Da GirDhar said...

Beautiful pics of cave.

R Niranjan Das said...

Interesting carvings.

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Vineeta Yashswi said...

Nice pictures...

OurJaipur.Com said...

Nice Post and Pics. . .

My Unfinished Life said...

interesting!!

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aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

Beautiful

beyondwandering.com said...

I am always amazed seeing carved work! They are intriguing and fascinating to see..

Our photos said...

Lovely photos!

Amazing wonders in my life said...

Awesome.... I have real craziness for caves... Shall plan to visit this place sometime

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful cave carvings...I never knew about the Lion Throne before.

sylvia kirkwood said...

A wonderful, fascinating look at your world, Rajesh!! Great captures for the day! Hope you have a good week!

Gary Phillips said...

Another great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Photo Cache said...

incredible. i hope the new generation gets to see this too.

Cynthia said...

Wow, that is really interesting. I like the carvings in the cave, especially the pillars made from the cave itself .

Meghana Hassan said...

Beautiful series of photographs...

Linda Kittmer said...

Wow! I love the old historic architecture!

ladyfi said...

Just gorgeous!

mick said...

Amazing carvings around that cave.

Leovi said...

Yes, nice buddha inside, wonderful!

Nortehanon said...

You are always generous in sharing with us, your readers, such lovely places in your place. Keep them coming, Rajesh.

Carver said...

The artwork in the cave is fantastic.

Jeevan said...

Absolutely marvelous and amazing rock carvings!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Great ! I am going there in November-nice to have a little preview! Did you visit Ajanta as well?

George said...

This is a fascinating cave/monastery. I can only imagine how hard it was to create this beautiful interior.

photowannabe said...

Great photos of such fascinating architecture.

Roger Owen Green said...

EVOCATIVE!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Joy said...

Its fascinating to see them using the natural environment to turn it into something else. Lovely carvings.

Nanka said...

Ellora caves have stood the test of time Rajesh, but the modern structure of the door and a window is so incongruous with the rest!! Surely it could have been restored better!!

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Suzanne said...

What detailed work, just beautiful.

sharplittlepencil.com said...

Rajesh, Americans have a very hard time relating to things that old... "old" for us is dating from the 1600s. Thank you for yet another glorious glimpse of your country. Peace, Amy

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this wonderful structure.

Yes, I have been to Ajanta and you can check my other posts on the same.

Suzy said...

Would love to visit Ajanta Ellora someday.

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Mahesh Divya said...

have been to Ajanta and Ellora couple of months back.....tanks for refreshing the memories.

AmitAag said...

Terrific!

Umamaheswari Anandane said...

No words for Indian sculptures ..they are the art of India in every temple :)