Mural- The Ajanta Caves

We probably would not have thought about sharing these photographs, had we not come across the Challenge: A Word a Week Photograph Challenge-Mural hosted by suellewellyn.

Last year 2014, we were blessed with the opportunity to visit a historical place- Aurangabad. This place is well known for the world famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Below we share few photographs of Ajanta Caves- excavated in horse-shoe shape and the finest surviving example of Indian art particularly paintings. This group of caves dates back to the pre-Christian era and is inscribed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Monument in the year 1983. There are a total of 30 caves, but the exemplary painting could be noticed only in caves 1, 2, 16 and 17. This is a place worth visiting!

Enjoy as you surrender yourself to the past. 🙂

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Archaelogical Survey of India. Aurangabad Circle.
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Group of caves as seen from the opposite end.

The ceilings are painted with geometrical, floral and faunal depictions that create an impression of a decorative shamiyana held above. The painting contains some of the finest circle designs drawn in contrasting colors, which still retain their brightness and lustre. The walls are painted with countless figures of Lord Buddha with illustrations of the former births of Lord Buddha known as Jatakas. The caves contain some of the masterpieces of the world of painting Padmapani and Vajrapani.

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© 2015 Ahmad and Ahmad

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