"Ellora Caves" Ellora by MM212

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One of numerous sites in India with rock-cut cave-temples and monasteries, Ellora easily ranks top. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains 34 such caves, carved into an escarpment between the 6th and 11th centuries AD. Ellora's prized jewel is undoubtedly the astonishing Kailasa Temple, the world's largest monolithic structure. Even though it outshines everything else, other caves in Ellora are nevertheless fascinating. What makes Ellora so unique, other than the Kailasa Temple, is the existence of caves belonging to three faiths, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain.

Ellora is located on an important ancient trade route. Revenues from the lucrative trade allowed the construction of extravagant temples at Ellora, which saw its golden age under the Chalukya and Rashtrakuta dynasties between the 7th-9th centuries AD. Although the monasteries and temples of Ellora have long been abandoned, religious locals often make a pilgrimage to Ellora to worship. A visit to Ellora provides an invaluable insight into the history of early Indian architecture and religion.

  • Last visit to Ellora: Feb 2009
  • Intro Updated May 20, 2010
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    Mar 7, 2009 at 2:45 AM

    Hi- I spent 10 days exploring Ellora Caves- it will be interesting to read your impressions of this fascinating place.

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