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The Photo of Ajanta

About 107 kms from the city of Aurangabad, the rock cut caves of Ajanta nestle in a panaromic gorge, in the form of a gigantic horseshoe. Amoung the finest examples of some of the earliest Buddhist architecture, cave paintings and sculptures, these caves comprise Chaitya Halls, or shrines dedicated to Lord Buddha and Viharas or monastries used by buddhist monks for meditation and the study of Buddhist teachings.
The paintings that adorn the walls and ceilings of the caves depict incidents from the life of buddha and various Buddhist divinities. Amoung the more interesting paintings are the Jakata tales, illustrating diverse stories relating to the previous incarnations of the buddha as Bodhisattva, a saintly being who is destined to become buddha.Occupied for almost 700 years the caves of Ajanta seem to have been abandoned rather abruptly. They remained shrouded in obscurity for over a millennium, till John Smith, a British Army Officer, accidently stumbled upon them while on a hunting expedition in 1819.
The view point from where John Smith first glimsed the caves, provides a magnificient sight of the U-Shaped gorge and its scenic surroundings.
Ajanta has been designated as a World Heritage Site, to be preserved as an artisitic legacy that will come to inspire and enrich the lives of generations to come.

Listing of Caves :
Phase I: 2nd Century BC to 1st Century BC.
Caves 9 & 10 : Chaitya Halls or Shrines.
Caves 12 & 13 : Viharas and Monasteries.
Phase II: 5th Century AD to 6th Century AD.
Caves 19,26 & 29 : Chaitya Halls or Shrines.
Caves 1-7, 11, 14-18, 20-25, 27 & 28 : Viharas or Monastries.
Unfinished Caves : 3, 5, 8, 23-25, 28 & 29.

  • Timing of the Caves : Sunrise to Sunset. ( The Caves are closed to the public on all Mondays )

Help Preserve This Rich Heritage and Natural Environment.

  • Do not touch the Paintings or Sculptures in the caves.
  • It is forbidden to use flash cameras in the caves as these damage the paintings.
  • Do not litter around the site.
  • No food items or beverages may be taken into the caves.
  • The entire area around the caves is a no-smoking zone.

Warning : Severe Action will be taken against anyone found littering or disturbing the peace and sanctity of the place.


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