Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cave No. 23, Ajanta

The Cave No. 23 at Ajanta is an unfinished monastery built sometime between 5th century and 6th century A.D.



It consists of pillared verandah having a cell at each end, an hall with 4 cells at both the ends of side wall and back wall contain antechamber with side cells.



The cave is known for the rich decoration of pillars and the naga doorkeepers. The pillars of verandah are all intact and display  fine workmanship in ornamental details. 



The naga doorkeepers of the door-jambs, each with a foot resting on an elevated platform, are noteworthy. 



31 comments:

eileeninmd said...

The cave and entrance look grand.. Nothing like the caves that we have here. Great photos. Have a happy new week!

Muza-chan said...

Beautiful :)

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice carvings.

Jeevan said...

Excellent shots and perspective!

Sharon Wagner said...

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Fun60 said...

Such intricate carvings on the pillars.

Sylvia K said...

Photos of your world always fascinate and amaze me, Rajesh! Thank you for sharing! Have a great week!

Carver said...

Interesting shots of the cave.

Photo Cache said...

these old temples and caves seem to have been built strongly.

carol l mckenna said...

More amazing buildings and photos for OWT ~ thanks,

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Gattina said...

Very interesting and nice pictures !

ladyfi said...

How gorgeous!

zeal4adventure.com said...

That's a cave? Definitely unlike any I've seen or been too. Interesting.

Sandy Carlson said...

I wonder why it was never completed This site looks very modern as well as ancient. Maybe new ideas are not so new!

K V V S MURTHY said...

So sturdy they look..nice shots!

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos, wonderful capitals!

Roger Owen Green said...

great CARVINGS!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Jane Hards Photography said...

Certainly a cave with a view. Interesting and unusual post.

Hildred said...

Beautiful photos.

Laura said...

how extraordinarily beautiful!

Linda said...

Excellent pictures! What thick walls these are!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Would not have guessed that to be a cave entrance♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/cone-flowers/

fredamans said...

Wow! What history!

sharplittlepencil.com said...

Rajesh, once again, I have to tell you that Americans cannot possibly fathom the beauty of your country without visiting. As breathtaking as these images are, I would love to visit someday. Many of my friends have traveled extensively in your gorgeous country. These images move me to tears every time. Namaste. Amy

Yogi Saraswat said...

Your capture take us around India. One day we are in banglore and next day to Ajanta . Great series of pics , we are seeing.

Blogwati Gee said...

This is on my must visit list.....and post this blog post, even more.

Amit Agarwal said...

Wonderful pictures!

Nima Das said...

wow pretty pictures.

Yogi Saraswat said...

Nice carvings.Really. But where is my previous comment ?

Abhijit Ray said...

Beautiful picture. I wonder how much work had gone carving out such architecture.

Archana Chaurasia Kapoor said...

Lovely pics!