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Ajanta

The Ajanta Caves should essentially be explored in reverse numerical order. The caves are connected by a terraced path.

 

Cave 26:

This cave is a prayer hall or Chaitya belonging to the Mahayana sect of Buddhism. The main attraction of this cave is a large carved figure of the Budddha in a reclining posture, representing his moment of death, while his followers mourn his passing below him. A stupa containing an image of the Buddha is also present within the cave.

 

Cave 17:

The walls of this cave are covered with several well-preserved paintings. Celestial musicians and maidens are carved on the ceiling while the Buddha, goddesses, scroll work and lotus petals decorate the doorway.

 

Cave 16:

This cave is the most important among the group. The monolithic Kailasa Temple here is believed to have built by a team of 17,000 laborers, in a span of 150 years. Cave 16 is a Mahayana monastery with a stunning painting of the princess Sundari. The painting shows the princess fainting after gaining knowledge of the fact that her husband had made up his mind to become a monk.

 

Cave 12, 13, 15:

All these caves consist of monasteries belonging to the Theravada sect.

 

Cave 10:

Believed to be the oldest cave temple at Ajanta, Cave 10 is a Theravada prayer hall or chaitya which dates back to the 2nd century BC. This is very popular and is also known as Vishvakarma cave, or Carpenter's Cave. There is a 15-foot statue of Buddha inside this cave which is a must see.

 

Cave 9:

Cave 9 is one of the most primitive caves featuring a prayer hall. This prayer hall is noted for its arched windows that allow softly diffused sunlight to enter the cave. The cave belongs to the Theravada sect and holds a grand stupa.

 

Cave 8:

This is another Theravada monastery cave.

 

Cave 4:

Cave 4 is mostly incomplete, but is famous as one of the largest monasteries at Ajanta.

 

Cave 2:

This monastery belongs to the Mahayana sect and the façade of this cave depicts the Naga king with his entourage. Within the cave, the major portion of the ceiling depicts a sprawling mandala, held by demons and adorned with pretty birds, fruits, flowers and abstract motifs. A cloth canopy effect is the highlight of the ceiling of this cave.

 

Cave 1:

The most-visited and important cave at Ajanta, Cave 1, is also one of the most beautiful. Every part of this cave was originally painted. However, much of it has been worn away due to time. The antechamber doorway is flanked by murals depicting the two mighty bodhisattvas – Avalokitesvara and Padmapani. The seated sculpture of Lord Buddha is highly impressive.

Timings: 09:00 hrs to 17:30 hrs (except Monday)

 

Saptakunda:

The Saptakunda is a natural pool formed below the cliffs where the Ajanta Caves have been excavated. The pool is fed by a waterfall and is a well-known picnic site.