Ellora place with 34 caves

A place with 34 caves

Ellora caves are famous for some of the most stunning architectures of the ancient time. The magnificent Kailashnatha Temple inside the Ellora Caves will take your breath away. The structure was believed to be built in the 8th century as a replica of Mount Kailash. The temple was built by cutting three deep trenches in the hill and is the largest monolithic structure in the world. Once you are inside the temple, you can find gods in different avatars and magnificent carvings of elephants all around it.

The Ellora caves are numbered from 1 to 34, each having its own significance. Out of 34 caves, 33 are purely rock-cut caves, Kailashnatha being the 16th. Among the other caves, 12 are Buddhist and 5 are Jain caves. Cave 10 holds the Buddha statue and has a distinct ceiling architecture. The cave is famous especially among Buddhists; however, it is visited by people of different faiths. One might find it difficult to visit all the caves in a short time, but I would suggest that one must not miss the caves 10, 11, 12, 15, 29, 31, 32, and 33. All of the caves were built between the 6th and the 10th century and have beautiful carvings, scriptures, and iconography.

It is believed that Kailashnatha temple itself took 150 years and around 7000 workers to be built. I personally believe, it is worth to be called an ancient wonder, as the rich architecture and sculptures tells a lot of our ancient society.

Every one have the passion to travel and to experience new things, few make it possible and others can't. I am in few of them.

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