Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Rock cut temples and monasteries

Ellora Caves, Kailasanatha Temple

The last great cave temples of India are Ellora Caves – group of 34 monasteries and temples made at the ancient trade route between...

Ajanta Caves – rock cut Buddhist temples

Unique feature of Indian cultural heritage is rock-cut chambers - cave temples and monasteries. In total, we know more than 1,500 such temples spread...

Badami Cave Temples

TThe first ruler of the Early Chalukya dynasty, Pulakesi I established a new capital for his kingdom sometime around 540 AD. This city was...

Elephanta Caves

The center of one of the largest cities in the world – Mumbai – is just 10 kilometers away from the small, forested Elephanta...

Nagarjuni Caves

Often Nagarjuni Caves are joined with the nearby Barabar Caves in one group of monuments. They share many similarities and have several unique peculiarities....

Sittanavasal Cave (Chithannavasal Cave) and Eladipattam

Some of the best cave paintings of medieval India are located in Sittanavasal Cave in Tamil Nadu. This rock-cut Jain monastery contains artwork comparable...

Barabar Caves

Most likely no other country in the world is that rich with exquisite cave temples as India – there are more than 1000 locations...

Udayagiri Caves, Khandagiri Caves

Two hills - Udayagiri and Khandagiri near Bhubaneswar - are located only some 150 - 200 m apart and contain unique monuments of ancient...

Bagh Caves

One of the most surprising monuments of ancient Buddhist art is found in remote, collapsing Bagh Caves. Here in 1818 were discovered significant monuments...

Mahishasura Mardini Cave

Mahabalipuram contains 14 cave temples and several of these unique structures contain significant works of ancient art. One of them - Mahishasura Mardini Cave...