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Ellora caves :painting on stone


To build this rock cut temple, three huge trenches were cut out of the cliff and it is estimated that more than 2,00,000 tons of rock was removed in the process. Without dynamite or any of the modern equipment, more than 1200 years ago.

Ellora also known as Ellooru, is an archaeological site, 29 km (18 mi) North-West of the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra built by the Rashtrakuta dynasty. 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. Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and viharas and mathas 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.[2] It is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.[3]

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