Cave Temples in Ellora, India
The cave temples in Ellora, India are 34 structures carved into the vertical slopes of the Charanandri rocks.
The cave temples complex of Ellora is located in the Indian state of Maharashtra, near Ajanta.
In the Indian state of Maharashtra is a complex of cave temples - a magnificent, well-preserved example of dravidic architecture. Its creation dates from VI to IX Art. Of the 34 Ellora caves, 12 in the south are Buddhist, 17 in the center are Hindu and five in the north are Jain. Since 1983, they are all ranked as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The most significant of the temples in Ellore is Kailas (Kailasanath). It is located deep in the courtyard, carved into a solid rock. In a granite canopy above the entrance, colossal statues of Shiva, Vishnu and other gods are carved in stone. Behind this canopy is a large statue depicting the goddess Lakshmi, reclining on lotus flowers and surrounded by elephants. Huge sizes of elephants, lions, vultures in various poses surround the temple. The most interesting relief images on the walls of Kailasanath are: “Ravana trying to overthrow Mount Kailas”, “Shiva the winner” and “Abduction of Sita”.According to legend, this temple was erected by raj elichpurskim Edu in gratitude for the healing water from a nearby source.