Ajanta Caves

Weekends bring along a wish to escape from the routine day’s boredom. And having developed a liking towards long drives, I start getting all fidgety as the weekend nears…..I just have to go ……!!

At the time we were posted in Pune and on one of our such weekend getaways we visited Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These Buddhist rock-cut caves in Aurangabad district of the state of Maharashtra date back to 2nd century BCE. These caves have both chaityas(halls enclosing stupas, mainly for prayers)  and viharas( dwellings or cells) .There are around 30 caves, cut out in rock. To carve out these majestic caves, the cutting of rock started from top to bottom. To have achieved such proportions and beauty with only hammer and chisel is indeed impossible to imagine in this machine age ….

Rock cut caves
Buddha sculptures inside one of the caves cut on rock surface
Chaitya hall with stupa
Another Chaitya with ribbed ceiling
Beam and column details of chaitya
Buddha in a meditation
Reclining Buddaha

Visit to such places evokes a sense of pride for the rich culture and history of our country.

Read another story on Ajanta caves here. Ajanta Caves: A Fading Masterpiece

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  1. the island traveler

    This post took me by surprise…just so good and beautiful. Amazing natural wonder with a touch of human creativity and workmanship. What a festive journey towards history and life itself. Thanks. Happy Valentine’s Day. Wishing you and your love ones all the love and joy.

  2. tmso

    Oh, I just saw this post. Yes, such a rich heritage. It does make me want to visit such incredible places. We were just watching a documentary on India’s ancient past – stunning. I just can’t imagine that much human history in one spot.

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