The Buddhist Caves, Ajanta & Ellora

The Buddhist Caves

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About The Buddhist Caves

    • 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

The Buddhist Caves are one of the earliest structures at Ellora that were created between 5th and 8th centuries. Caves 1 to 5 have been excavated between 400 AD and 600 AD, while the caves 6 to 12 were excavated between mid 7th and mid 8th centuries.

These caves mostly encompass viharas or monasteries that include living quarters, sleeping quarters, kitchens and other rooms. In these caves, several monasteries have shrines that are carved with paintings and sculptures of Buddha, Bodhisattva and Saints.

Among all, Cave 10 is the most famous Buddhist cave as it is a Chaitya hall. Popularly known as the ‘Carpenter's Cave’, this cave features a cathedral-like stupa hall, which is called as chaityas. In the centre of this cave, there is 15-feet high statue of Buddha, seated in a preaching pose.

The front of this cave has a rock-cut court, which is entered through a flight of steps. Chaitya has a pillared verandah (gallery), which houses two shrines and a single cell. The main hall of this cave has 28 octagonal columns with plain bracket capitals. These columns divide the hall into a central nave and side aisles. A stupa, with 3.3 m high Buddha seated in Vyakhyana mudra, is carved in the apsidal part of the cave.
 


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  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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