"Religious Harmony at Ellora Caves" Top 5 Page for this destination Ellora by lynnehamman
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We had seen a documentry on these caves at Ellora, and were determined to see them........they were just breathtaking.
We intended to originally stay for 2 days, but ended up spending 11 days there, including one Christmas day.
Ellora is about 40km from Aurangabad, and we managed to get a train booking from Mumbai. The trip was about 7 hours. From Aurangabad we hired a taxi to drive us to Ellora.
There is just so much to see in these caves. They should be explored, slowly, and savoured. Each day that we were there, we would visit just 2 or three caves.
The surrounding area is so beautiful, especially if the monsoon has been good. Green valley below, and caves looming above.
Some days we took a picnic along, and had it on the well tended lawns in front of the complex. The Temple monkeys, of course, regard this rightly as their personal space- and parade around in a bossy fashion.
There are lovely walking areas around Ellora, with dhabas (tea shops) and small craft shops on the road, and amazing photo opportunities.
Built between the 6th and 10th century near the ancient Indian village of Ellora,
the Hindu,Buddhist and Jain caves were carved out of the solid vertical stoneface of the Charanandri hills.Construction began around 550 AD, soon after the Ajanta Cave complex was abandoned.
The Caves were built at time when Buddhism was waning in India and Hinduism was in the ascent.. The patronage of the Chalukya and Rashtrakuta kings spurred the movement towards Hinduism, and these kings influenced the magnificent architecture at Ellora - including the mighty Kailasa Temple built in the 700s.8th Century.
The last period of building activity took place in the 10th century, when the local rulers switched allegiance from Shaivism (Hinduism devoted to Shiva) to the Digambara sect of Jainism.
The coexistence of religious sites and tmples from three different religions serve as perfect visual representation of the prevalent religious tolerance of India. For this reason and others, the Ellora Caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
There are lovely areas in front of the caves that are suitable for a picnic. The lawns are well kept, and there are nice... more travel advice
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