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Ajanta Ellora Caves

Cave shrines are quite interesting to check out, especially those of Ajanta Ellora Caves. These caves are located in Maharashtra at Aurangabad. As architectural and historical wonder, the caves are a real attraction to visitors from all over the world. The cave shrines at Ajanta and Ellora Caves are made out of hand cut rock. As per the historical records, these caves and the shrines were made between 2nd century BC and 8th century AD. During an expedition in 1819, these caves were discovered by John Smith. He was a British Army Officer who discovered the Ajanta and Ellora Caves along with his team. The caves lie amidst the Sahyadri hills. This neighbors the Waghora River. The caves are today honored as world heritage sites. These are among the must visit destinations of the nation and considered as one of the seven wonders of India.

All about Ajanta Caves
Located deep inside the Sahayadri hill region, Ajanta Caves are a beauty to visit. The caves are known for their beautiful depiction of Buddhist Jatakas. These Jatakas are a string of stories about reincarnation of Lord Budhha. There are about 29 caves in Ajanta. In ancient times, because of their secluded locations, these were used by the Buddhist monks for religious practices. Cave paintings are yet another feature of the Ajanta Caves. These are masterpiece work created using hammer and chisel as tools. Well known cave paintings at this magnificent tourist destination include Avalokiteshvara, Boddhisattvas and Padmapani. Images and sculptures of the great Budhha too are worth noticing. You can also find images of nymphs and princesses on the walls of the caves.

All about Ellora Caves
There are about 34 caves in Ellora. These are found 30 kilometers from Aurangabad. The caves are known for their architecture with interesting interiors depicting the faiths of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. There are structures that were carved out of rocks and created during 350 - 700 AD. Out of the 34 caves at Ellora, 5 caves in northern part belong to Jainism, 12 caves in the southern part belong to Buddhism and of the remaining 17 caves belong to Hinduism faith. At the Buddhist caves, you will find sculptures of Lord Buddha, which give the exact picture of the great saint. At cave 10 and 6 you will find pictures and depictions from the faith of Buddhism and Hinduism. There is a cave dedicated to Lord Vishvakarma. It is a Vihara as well as Chaitya. This has the sculpture of the great saint seated in the stupa. There are other images depicting joy and celebrations.

The Ajanta and Ellora Caves are opened for visitors from 9 am till 5.30 pm. You can go around the caves and check out numerous cave paintings, sculptures and collection of religious heritage. The Ellora caves are closed for visitors on Tuesday while the Ajanta caves are closed for visitors on Monday. While Ajanta offer you a collection of intrinsically designed sculpture and paintings, Ellora is mainly known for its astounding architecture. On visiting these tourist attractions you can also check out the beautiful Kailasa temple. November to March is the ideal time to visit the caves. You must carry a torch while traveling to Ajanta and Ellora Caves in order to see the splendid manmade creations properly.

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