"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.

  • Last visit to Ellora: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Mar 1, 2010
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Lynne, this is a very interesting and well-done page. You must have had quite a wonderful time there with so much to see but it somehow also seems a very relaxing place.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Lynne, the Ellora Caves are amazing - and your cottage seems to be right up there with them too! You also made a great choice of a guide, a very ingenious guy. Another excellent page on your India adventures!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Pleased to see this great page on Ellora. The stone caves, murals and carvings are wonderful. Lucky you to spend 10 days in the lovely Hotel Kailas and your very own stone cottage. Well done madame!

  • vpas's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    great page Lynne,I havent yet been here.hope to go there sometime. love,

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    The caves, carvings and murals are fantastic Lynne! Those little thieves are adorable, but everyone should take serious. Wonderful page!

  • MM212's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Brings back great memories. I had never thought of staying in Ellora itself before, but what a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Cheers from NYC!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Another fine new page! Great that you were able to change plans and spend ten days there. I like the story of your guide who took a large mirror with him into the cave.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Yes, Barbara is right - you should write guidebooks!! I still love these caves and must see them one day :-) (thanks!!) And how lucky you were to have this man guide you through all, must have been amazing!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    nice page. looks like a really facinating part of the world.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Another fascinating, informative page about yor travels in India. You really should write a guidbook, Lynne!

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