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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Kailasha temple at ellora.JPG
Kailasanatha Temple, (Cave 16)
view from the top of the rock
Criteria (i) (iii) (vi)
UNESCO region South Asia
Inscription 1983 (Unknown Session)
Ellora Caves is located in Maharashtra Ellora Caves
Location of Ellora Caves in India Maharashtra.
Ellora[pronunciation?] (Marathi: वेरूळ Vērūḷa),(Kannada: ಇಳಾ ಪುರ Elapura)is an archaeological site, 29 km (18 mi) North-West of the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra built by the Rashtrakuta dynasty. It is also known as Elapura (in the Rashtrakuta literature-Kannada). Well known for its monumental caves, Ellora is a World Heritage Site. Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 "caves" are actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and viharas and mathas were built between the 5th century and 10th century. The 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history. It is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.
originally posted by: SyxPak
a reply to: lostbook
How Cool is this? Very!! I have heard of such cities, but not this in particular. I agree with Stirling and SkyBlueWorld in that someone needs to use something, remotely controlled or other tools to further explore the very small hard to access areas deeper down!!
Also, I have wondered why there are these places at all? Maybe from our atmosphere being too hot to breathe? Maybe from years of torrential rains? Maybe from gasses that we could not breathe? Maybe from Asteroidial bombardments over long periods of time? I mean, entire cultures with throngs of people lived in these places, and most likely not only for a couple days at a time. So something extraordinary was going on in the past, maybe more than only a few times!! Hard to say, but it is all Fascinating stuff, to Me!!!
S+F for this Thread!!
originally posted by: eletheia
a reply to: lostbook
I have been to the Ellora caves and the nearby Ajanta caves twice.
The Ellora video link you provided had bits of the Ajanta caves mixed in!!
The Ajanta caves was a religious retreat for the equivalent of Buddhist
monks and carved into the rock face consisting of Temples and meditation
rooms with bunks of solid stone.
The Ellora caves were more carved out in the open and some of the openings
described I would put down as erosion. The living quarters were deep
inside probably to keep cool from the relenting sun and heat. Those parts of
India got most of their water from wells and that probably accounted for
some of the deep holes, which will have run dry after all this time. Some
of the passages that narrowed were probably never completed.
I too had tourist guides ..... they tell a good tale LOL... embellished to
keep the tourist engrossed.
originally posted by: nrd101
This detailed work is blowing my mind. I just don't see how this is even possible with modern technology. I would really like Phage to step in at some point and tell me because I know its impossible, If this was carved with hand tools, it would take like 500 years. That is too hard to imagine what happened. Idk maybe monks are just resourceful sons a bitches.