The Hindu Caves

Ajanta & Ellora

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The Hindu Caves Overview

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The Hindu Caves at Ellora were constructed between the mid 6th century and end of 8th century. Caves 17 to 29 are the early caves that were constructed during the Kalachuri period. On the other hand, the caves 14, 15 and 16 dates back to the Rashtrakuta period.  

Cave 14, which was carved in 7th century, is known as Rava Kakhai. It houses sculptures of Varaha (half-boar), goddess Lakshmi, and Lord Shiva. The entrance of the cave is enshrined with sculptures of the river goddesses Yamuna and Ganga. Walls of this cave have carvings of the Sapta Matrikas, with babies on their legs, and goddess Durga killing the buffalo demon.

The walls of this cave also bear carvings of Lord Shiva playing chess with his wife Parvati. Carving of Lord Shiva performing the Tandava and Lord Shiva ignoring Ravana’s attempt to shake Mount Kailash, are also painted on the walls of the cave. Another notable Hindu cave is the Cave 15, which is called the Dashavatara. This cave is dedicated to the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The upper floor of this cave houses carvings of Lord Narasimha and Lord Vishnu rescuing Gajendra, the elephant.

Some of the other notable Hindu caves are the Rameshwara (Cave 21), the Dhumar Lena (Cave 29) and the Ravan ki Khai (Cave 14). Nilkantha (Cave 22), the Kumbharvada (Cave 25) and the Gopilena (Cave 27) are also the Hindu caves in Ellora.

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