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Ajanta Caves

The Ajanta Caves are located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state. There is not much distance between the Ajanta and Ellora caves and both the caves are important historical centers. The Ajanta caves date back about 200 years. In these caves, there are paintings, sculptures, and other artifacts of Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain religions. The Ajanta Caves have been given the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

Unheard aspects of Buddha's life There are about 30 caves in Ajanta in which there are paintings, sculptures, and murals depicting all three religions. All the walls of the caves have an important window, which was built only during the 2nd century BC. All these are studded with precious gems. A special and common feature of all the Ajanta caves is that they depict unheard and unread aspects of the life of Lord Buddha. 

All the rest before Lord Buddha attained salvation have been well depicted. The Ajanta caves are very similar to the Sigiriya caves found in Sri Lanka. It is believed that the Ajanta caves are 800 years old. These caves were discovered quite interestingly - in the 19th century, some British soldiers went to Aurangabad for hunting. went to the nearby forests. 

When he was changing the shoe of his horse, he saw a cave covered with greenery, those soldiers immediately informed the government and the team of the Department of Archeology discovered the Ajanta caves. During the search in the caves, stupas, Taras, dwarpals, monasteries, etc. were found. All of them are seen making a strong display of Buddhism. What to see in the Caves Lord Buddha is depicted in all the 29 caves of Ajanta. The details of some of these caves are as follows- 

Cave 1 - The first cave depicts the time between the 6th and 7th centuries. There is a special idol of Lord Buddha in this cave, which looks different when viewed from different angles. The principles of the Naga patron are also carved in this cave, as well as the statue of the goddess carved on the left-hand corner of the cave, which shows the form of Mother Earth. A dwarf is standing waiting for the Lord with a garland in his hands, while on the other hand Padmapani Avokitevara is holding a lotus in his hand and Vajrapani holds a thunderbolt in his hand. Apart from all these, many other images add to the beauty of the cave-like – lover expressing his desire to have sex in the form of Tavo, Dark Princess inspired by the prince of Andhra, Golden Geese, Pink Elephant, and Wool Fight.

Cave 2 - Cave 2 is very similar to the first cave. The carvings of the doors, ceiling, and temple of this cave are astonishing. There are 1000 pictures of Lord Buddha on the walls. In the corridor there is a small girl called the Wandering Girl, this painting sheds light on the physical energy of the Buddha. 

Cave 4 - Caves 4 and 17 of Ajanta are the same. The paintings made in both these caves are incomplete. 

Cave 6 - This cave represents the Mahayana period. In it, there is an image of a seated Mahatma Buddha with several couples flying around it. This cave is better than other caves and remains in the shape of an octagon. It depicts a monk with a lotus flower. 

Cave 9 - On entering this cave, you will find a big hall which is known as Chaitya Hall. On the way up the hall, you will find a large horseshoe window. 

Cave 10 - This cave is very similar to the previous Cave 9 in style and architecture. In this cave, there are pictures of people related to the life of Buddha. 

Cave 11 - This cave appears to depict the transition from Hinayana to the Mahayana period. There is also a Buddhist stupa in it. 

Cave 17 - This cave is a bit unique as the paintings in it depict love. In these paintings fairies, spirits fly and Apsaras dance in the assembly of Indra. The cave also depicts the incident in the life of Lord Buddha in which he, after becoming a hermit from Prince Siddhartha, comes to his home as a beggar for the first time to his wife and children. 

Cave 21 - Cave 21 is more meticulously built than other caves. Built-in this cave, 26 carved pillars have been able to bring the cave to life. 

Cave 24 - This cave has three parts - pillar style or pillar style, pilaster style i.e. pillar-wall, and porched doorway i.e. doorway with a door. This column remains incomplete. 

Cave 26 - The center of attraction in this cave is the image of the miracle of Sravasti, family group, and the head of Buddha Lord with curly hair. Shravasti was a village where the residents considered themselves lucky because they had a darshan of Mahatma Buddha. The family groups depicted in this cave were considered to be the ideal families of the time and the face of the Lord reflects their spiritual brilliance. 

Cave 27 - This cave is divided into two parts, which are known as Naga Dwarpal and Porched Doorway. This cave is very similar to 20. Its Naga part also looks similar to Cave 20. The porched doorway part of the cave looks like Cave 2 which is quite attractive. All other caves also depicting Buddhism make us feel proud that we are Indians. 

Visit Ajanta Anytime of the Year to Have Fun 

The weather doesn't deter tourists from visiting and having fun in Ajanta. One can come here in any season of the year. It would be good if tourists do not come in summer, although there is not much heat in these months, yet the strong sun can disturb. Ajanta Caves shine in monsoon. And the surrounding forests and natural places look very beautiful. Visiting Anjata in this season will become a memorable journey for the tourists. To come here, passengers will get all three planes, rails, and buses. You can reach here by different routes. Many buses are plying from the nearby cities to the caves of Ajanta which will take the tourists to their destination in a short time. It is said that after taking birth in the world and before dying, one should visit some places of the earth, one of them is the caves of Ajanta.

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