ellora-caves

ELLORA CAVES

Showcasing co-existence of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and an outstanding architecture, the 34 caves of Ellora have been excavated between 5th – 8th century. They display the universal value that are seen through the uninterrupted sequence of monument from 600AD- 1000AD. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, the monasteries and temples at Ellora Caves, extend over 2km, that were dug side by side in the wall of a high cliff. It is managed by the Archeological Survey of India. The authenticity of Ellora Caves is displayed through its architectural forms and designs of ‘Viharas’ (monasteries), ‘Chaityagriha’ (Sanctury) and monolithic temples belonging to three faiths. Cave 10, Vishwakarma Cave, depict the influence of Buddhist faith with the 15ft tall Buddha statue resting in a preaching pose, while in cave 16, one can see the Hindu influence via the ‘Lingam-Yoni’, carved rock shrines dedicated to Vishnu, Saraswati. At cave 30, one can clearly see the Jainism influence, belonging to the Digambara sect. The ensemble of Ellora is a unique artistic achievement, as masterpiece of human creative genius. If one considers only the work of excavating the rock, a monument such as the Kailasa Temple is a technological exploit without equal.