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Ajanta, Maharashtra, India  (site model)


Ajanta, a UNESCO world heritage site, is famous for its Buddhist rock-cut cave temples and monasteries with their extraordinary wall paintings. The temples are hollowed out of granite cliffs on the inner side of a 20-meter ravine in the Wagurna River valley, 105 km northeast of Aurangabad, at a site of great scenic beauty. About 30 caves were excavated between the 1st century BCE and the 7th century CE and are of two types, caityas ("sanctuaries") and viharas ("monasteries"). Although the sculpture, particularly the rich ornamentation of the caitya pillars, is noteworthy, it is the fresco-type paintings that are the chief interest of Ajanta. These paintings depict colorful Buddhist legends and divinities with an exuberance and vitality that is unsurpassed in Indian art. [Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica]

Ajanta caves

Walkway

Scenes form Jataka tales

Fragment of a painting


Dark Buddha

Cave 2, The Nativity of the Buddha

Ajanta caves


Miracle of Sarasvati

Cave 2

Ajanta caves


Bodhisattva Padmapani


Antechamber ceiling


Cave 4 sculptures


Cave 4 tempera


Cave 4


View of Ajanta caves


Buddha in padmasana


Cave 6 Buddha


Buddha's attendants


Buddha


Cave 7 sculpture


Cave 7 Buddha


Cave 7 Miracle of Sarasvati


Cave 9


Cave 10 stupa


Cave 10 pillar and wall


Cave 10 pillar and wall


Cave 10 tempera


Resting tourist


Cave 11 Buddha


Cave 12


Monks' bedchambers, cave 13


Waterfall


View of Ajanta caves


Cave 16 Buddha


The dying princess


Scenes from the Jataka tales


Scenes from the Jataka tales


Pillar detail


Above cave 17 entrance

Includes the "Flying Apsara"

Ceiling outside cave 17


Above cave 17 entrance


Cave 19 exterior

This small Chaitya (cathedral) is one of the best specimens of the Buddhist rock-cut architecture.

Cave 19 exterior


The Naga king and queen

Cave 19

Cave 19 exterior


Cave 19 stupa


Pillar Sculpture


Walkway


Transportation


Cave 20


Teaching Buddha


Wheel of something


Cave 21 (Cave 22)


Waterfall


Cave 26


Reclining Buddha (more)


Cave 26 Stupa


The temptation of Mara


Cave 26 sculpture


Cave 26 sculpture (more)


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