Photographer's Note

Located 26 Km north of the city of Aurangabad in western part of India, are the cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment. View Map

Interestingly, Ellora, unlike the other nearby famous cave site of Ajanta, was never 'rediscovered'. Known as Verul in ancient times, it has continuously attracted pilgrims through the centuries to the present day.

Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship, and Viharas, or monasteries, Hindu and Jain temples.
Spanning a period of about 500 years between the 6th and 10th century AD, the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (Cave 29)

Ellora has been designed as a World Heritage Site, to be preserved as an artistic legacy that will continue to inspire and enrich the lives of generations to come.

This is the entrance to cave 21 with sculptures of Hindu Gods on the facade. I wanted to capture the perspective, but this lens was not wide enough

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