Elora Caves,Maharashtra,India

 

Sanjay Acharya - self-made at Ellora, Maharashtra, India A stone carved pillar at Kailash temple. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kailash-pillar.jpg#/media/File:Kailash-pillar.jpg
Sanjay Acharya – self-made at Ellora, Maharashtra, India
A stone carved pillar at Kailash temple.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kailash-pillar.jpg#/media/File:Kailash-pillar.jpg


Ellora (\e-ˈlȯr-ə\, Kannada: ಏಲಪುರ Marathi: वेरूळ Vērūḷa) is an archaeological site 29 km (18 mi) north-west of the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra, built by the Rashtrakuta dynasty. It is also known as Elapura (in the Rashtrakuta literature-Kannada). Well known for its monumental caves, Ellora is a World Heritage Site.[1] Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 “caves” are actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and viharas and mathas were built between the 5th century and 10th century. The 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history.[2] It is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.[3][Wikipedia]

Y.Shishido - http://pipimaru.dyndns.org/india_2004/index.html Ellora caves. Cave 16. A rock bridge connects Nandi Mandap to the center temple. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ellora_cave16_003.jpg#/media/File:Ellora_cave16_003.jpg
Y.Shishido – http://pipimaru.dyndns.org/india_2004/index.html
Ellora caves. Cave 16. A rock bridge connects Nandi Mandap to the center temple.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ellora_cave16_003.jpg#/media/File:Ellora_cave16_003.jpg%5B/caption%5D

[caption id="attachment_2955" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Nandanupadhyay - Own work Cave No. 21 at Ellora Caves, Maharastra, India http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cave_21_at_Ellora.jpg#/media/File:Cave_21_at_Ellora.jpg Nandanupadhyay – Own work
Cave No. 21 at Ellora Caves, Maharastra, India
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