Kailash Temple, Ellora Caves (no.3)
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Kailash Temple, Ellora Caves (no.3)

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Ellora is an archaeological site, 30 km (19 mi) from the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra built by the Rashtrakuta rulers. Well-known for its monumental caves, Ellora is a World Heritage Site.

Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 "caves" – actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills – being Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock cut temples and monasteries, were built between the 5th century and 10th century. The 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history.

The Kailash Temple is a stupendous piece of architecture, with interesting spatial effects and varied sculpture. It is believed to have been started by the Rashtrakuta king Krishna I (756-773). The construction was a feat of human genius – it entailed removal of 250,000 tons of rock, took 100 years to complete and covers an area double the size of Parthenon in Athens.

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A: Kailash Temple, Ellora Caves No.1

by Justin Imhoff, 30 meters away

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Kailash Temple, Ellora Caves No.1

B: Inside Kailashnath Temple, Ellora Caves

by C B Arun Kumar, 30 meters away

Ellora Caves is a World Heritage site comprising 34 cave temples and monasteries excavated between 5t...

Inside Kailashnath Temple, Ellora Caves

C: Kailash Temple, Ellora Caves (no.2)

by Justin Imhoff, 40 meters away

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Kailash Temple, Ellora Caves (no.2)

D: Kailashnath Temple, Ellora Caves

by C B Arun Kumar, 50 meters away

The Kailashnath Temple or No. 16 of the 34 Ellora caves, is an 8th Century megalithic rock cut temple...

Kailashnath Temple, Ellora Caves

E: Above Kailashnath Temple, Ellora

by C B Arun Kumar, 80 meters away

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Above Kailashnath Temple, Ellora

F: Steps to Ellora Cave 15

by C B Arun Kumar, 140 meters away

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Steps to Ellora Cave 15

G: Carpenter's Cave, Ellora Cave

by Justin Imhoff, 330 meters away

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H: View from Ellora Cave 29

by C B Arun Kumar, 570 meters away

Ellora Cave 29 or Dhumar Lena is a large Brahmanical cave with a gallery that overlooks "Sita ki Naha...

View from Ellora Cave 29

I: Close to Aurangabad caves

by Jan Ometak, 18.6 km away

Close to Aurangabad caves

J: Aurangabad

by Jan Ometak, 21.7 km away

Aurangabad

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