Kailash Temple, Ajanta & Ellora

Kailash Temple

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About Kailash Temple (Cave)

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Saturday: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Sunday: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Public Holidays: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Kailash Temple is basically the Cave 16, which is the most popular attraction of Ellora. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is largest rock-cut temple in the world that was chiselled out of 3 million cubic feet of rock. The temple is a multi-storeyed complex, designed similar to Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva.

The temple features a two-storied gateway, which resembles a South Indian Gopura. This gateway leads to a U-shaped courtyard, which is bordered by columned galleries. Sculptures of deities adorn the galleries of this temple that was once connected to the central temple by flying bridges.

Courtyard of the temple houses three structures, namely Central temple, Nandi Mandap and the linga. The central temple is the Shiva temple, which has a sacred bull Nandi enshrined in the front. Nandi Mandap, which is 29.3 m high, is supported by 16 pillars on a base, which is carved to look like life-sized elephants are holding the structure.

The shrine has a large linga in the centre that is carved from living stone. On the left side of the entrance of this shrine, images of Shaivite (followers of Shiva) have been carved. On the right hand side of the entrance, images of Vaishnavites (followers of Vishnu) are engraved.

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  • Best Time:  During Sunrise
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
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1 Video Reviews for Kailash Temple

Devanshu Chaudhari

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  • Devanshu Chaudhari
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 14 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  11 readers
  • Posted 1 month ago
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Devanshu Chaudhari

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  • Devanshu Chaudhari
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 14 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  11 readers

"Great kailash temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kailash temple is the greatest of Indian temple I have seen till now, it's been carved from one piece of mountain. The two vijay stambh are like icing on the cake.
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Parag Joshi

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  • Parag Joshi
  • Lives in Pune
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"Largest monolithic structure in the world"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 3, 2017
This temple is a main part of Ellora caves. It is largest monolithic structure in the world no wonder why it is a UNESCO heritage site. It is 2 storeys building, there is Shivalingam & Nandi on the 2nd floor. 2 pillars is the attraction of this temple.
The architecture of place is must see. It is said that this temple was built in 18 years which today is also very difficult to build with advanced technology.
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