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* A #TravelThread on The UNESCO #WorldHeritageSite - Ajanta & Ellora Caves *

Ajanta : Dating from 200BC ,these caves were excavated in 2 phases.

Ellora : 34 caves known for Buddhist , Jain & Hindu cultural influences.

Disclaimer : Based on MY understanding solely . 🙏
Before proceeding to #AjantaCaves make a small detour (16kms approx) to see the panoramic view of the caves & scenary from AJANTA VIEW POINT.
( Car goes easily. Lil walking of few steep steps)
Totally worth the view. :))
Archaeologists have numbered the caves from East to West.
Best mural works found in Caves 1,2,16,17 and 19.
Best sculptures found in Caves 1,4,17,19,24 and 26.

Most of it is sadly ill maintained. Hence unless one takes a guide( govt approved) along ,makes no sense.
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A thread on #AjantaCaves. This is the bicentennial year of the ‘rediscovery’ of the Ajanta caves by a British hunting party led by Capt John Smith, an army officer in 1819. You can still see his signature on a pillar in cave 10, reading "John Smith, 28th cavalry, 28 April 1819”.
#AjantaCaves are a group of 31 rock-cut Buddhist caves carved into a mountain in a rock face shaped like a horseshoe, abt 100 kms fm Aurangabad. The caves were carved out over a period of 600 years, starting a century before the common era and ending around 6th century CE.
#AjantaCaves complex consists of both Viharas, i.e cells for monks to reside as well as Chaityas, prayer halls. The earliest caves belong to the Hinayana tradition while the later caves follow the Mahayana tradition with the Buddha being worshipped in an iconic form as a Murti.
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