the epitome of rock-cut architecture in the sub-continent

photographs by Massimo Pacifico

Ellora, an UNESCO World Heritage Site (29 km north-west of the city of Aurangabad, in the Indian state of Maharashtra) is an archaeological marvel, that represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 caves of the site are actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. Hindu, Buddhist and Jain rock-cut temples were built between the 5th and the 10th century. They were completed during the Rashtrakuta (Brahmanical & Buddhist) and Yadav (Jain) dynasties, and demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during that period of Indian history. Ellora is a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.

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