Ajanta Caves

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Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad

Ajanta Caves are rock-cut monuments dating from the second century BC. These caves were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

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Ajanta Caves

There are 30 caves in Ajanta of which 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaityas and the rest are viharas.

Cave # 1

This is the first cave on the eastern end of the ‘horse-shoe’. It has been proposed that the Vakataka king Harisena may have been the benefactor of this cave.

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Padmapani

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Vajrapani

The paintings depict incidents from the life of Buddha and the Jatakas.

Cave # 2

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Ajanta Caves Aurangabad, Maharastra

Ajanta Caves Aurangabad, Maharastra

Cave # 6

This was the first important cave of the Mahayana phase.

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Cave # 7

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In front of the ‘Miracle of Saraswati’

Cave # 10

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Meditating?

Cave # 16

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Buddha in the Abhayamudra (teaching gesture)

Cave # 19

This is a chaitya (meditation hall), with many paintings and sculptures.

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Stupa

Cave # 21

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Cave # 23

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Cave # 24

This cave was never completed due lack of funds.

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Cave # 26

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The imposing Chaitya Horseshoe Arch

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Cave Timings: 9AM to 17.30PM
Ajanta Caves remain closed on Monday and Ellora Caves remain closed on Tuesday.
Both caves remain open on all national holidays

2 Responses to Ajanta Caves

  1. Shilpi Mahajan October 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Beautiful pics! Its sad to see the caves in such a dilapidated stage!

    • Madhu October 16, 2011 at 10:25 am #

      Hi Shilpi,
      Thanks for visiting 10YearItch.com
      Appreciate it.

      Yeah, it is indeed sad to see the state of some of the heritage sites in India.
      At least now it is great that there is a lot of restoration work happening at Ajanta.

      Regards,
      Madhu

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