The world heritage cave temples of Ellora


| May 15, 2020

The world heritage-listed cave temples of Ellora are best visited in the afternoon when they take on a golden radiance in the fading sunlight. These caves are a spectacular culmination of Deccan rock-cut architecture. Over five centuries, generations of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks carved monasteries, chapels and temples from a 2-km-long escarpment and decorated them with a profusion of sculptures of remarkable imagination and detail. Because of the escarpment's gentle slope, in contrast to the sheer drop at Ajanta, many of the caves have elaborate courtyards in front of the main shrines.

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