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Introduction of Ellora

The Ellora caves, locally known as ‘Verul Leni’ is located on the Aurangabad-Chalisgaon road at a distance of 29 km north-northwest of Aurangabad, the district headquarters. The name Ellora itself inspires everyone as it represents one of the largest rock-hewn monastic-temple complexes in the entire world. Ellora is also world famous for the largest single monolithic excavation in the world, the great Kailasa (Cave 16). The visit to these caves is enjoyed maximum during monsoon, when every stream is filled with rainwater, and the entire environ is lush green. The monsoon is not only a season of rains in this part, the local visitors are attracted to visit these ideal locations to have a glimpse of the mother nature in full bloom.

The caves are hewn out of the volcanic basaltic formation of Maharasthra, known as ‘Deccan Trap’, the term trap being of Scandinavian origin representing the step like formation of the volcanic deposits. The rock formation, on weathering has given rise to the appearance of terraces with flat summits.


Buddha Sculpture


At Ellora, one can also have a glimpse of the channels (near Cave 32) through which the volcanic lava once flowed. These channels, due to overheating, have a characteristic brownish red colour. Similar rock was used in the construction of the Grishneshwar Temple nearby and also utilised for the flooring of the pathways at Bibi-ka-Maqbara.

Tourist Attraction in Ellora

Buddhist Caves
The sculptures in these Buddhist caves represents the dignity, elegance and tranquillity that the Buddha have. Cave 6 and 10 have images from the Hindu and Buddhist faiths under the same roof. The Vishvakarma cave is both a Vihara and a Chaitya and a Buddha is seated in the stupa in the cave. Its double - storied structure support a colorful procession of dwarfs who dance and play musical instruments. It was carved out of a solid rock to provide sanctuaries to Buddhist monks.

Kailasa Temple
The Kailasa temple is in cave 16. It is a masterpiece in itself. The whole structure was carved out of a single block of rock by hand and took over a century to complete. One of the largest monoliths of the world is the amusement at the mountain-abode of Lord Shiva. Unlike other temples which are generally built form the base upwards, the architect or sculptor involved here started carving from the sides and top. It is 50 meters in length, 33 meters wide and 30 meters high. The temple represents Kailash, Lord Shiva's home in mountains. The temple is ornamented with sculptures, themes, incidents and carvings from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, and the adventures of Krishna. The temple is closed on Tuesdays.

Hindu Caves
Cave 15 is the best Hindu Cave in Ellora. It has the Das Avatara (ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) and the amazing scene of Shiva and Natraja emerging from a lingam. At the entrance of the Ramesvara Cave, figures of river goddesses is situated. The Dumar Lena cave resembles the great cave temple at Elephanta and is devoted to Lord Shiva.

Jain Caves
Among the Jain Caves, cave 32 is a beautiful temple decorated with wonderful statues of a lotus flower on the roof and a magnificent yakshi seated on her lion under a mango-tree laden with fruit. The ceilings of this double storied cave are also ornamented with paintings. While cave 32 and 34 contain large statues of Parasnath, the other caves have the images of the Jain Trithankaras, and one of them also has a seated figure of Mahavira.

Aurangabad Caves
The caves are situated 9 Kms from Aurangabad city, near Bibi Ka Maqbara. The temple carved between the 6th and 8th century A.D.

Bibi Ka Maqbara
Built in 1679 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, this mausoleum is just 8 Kms from Aurangabad. The tomb was built by Aurangzeb in memory of his wife Rabia-ud-Durrani.

Panchakki (Water Mill)
The Panchakki dates back to the Mughal period was built to commemorate a Muslim saint Baba Shah Muzzafar. Built in 1624 A.D, the mill deriving its name from a mill functioned by water power for grinding corn.
 

Mountain Temples

Mountain Temples

Shiva Parvati Ravana

Shiva Matrikas

Ellora cave

Ellora cave

Ellora cave

Kailasha Temple

Main Prayer Hall

Main Prayer Hall

Kailash Pillar

Ellora cave

How to Reach Ellora

By Air
Aurangabad airport is situated caves of Ellora. almost 15 km away, the airport is connected with the Delhi and Mumbai international airport.

By Rail
The rail head that lies nearest to the Ellora Caves comprises of the Aurangabad railway station. It falls on the South Central Railway Line and is situated about 30 km from Ellora.

By Road
Aurangabad city is located closest to Ellora Caves and is well connected with them by road. From Aurangabad, also find buses and taxis to Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Shirdi, Nasik, Dhule, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Indore and Bijapur.

 

You will visit “Ellora” during the below Tour of Rajasthan

11 Days Golden Triangle and Ajanta Ellora Tour
11 Days / 10 Nights
Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Udaipur - Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ellora - Ajanta - Mumbai

 

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