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Kailash Monolithic Temple - Ellora Caves (India)

This entire temple is a monolith, i.­e.­ it was carved out of a single (gigantic) piece of stone.­

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10, Ellora Cave Road, Verul, Maharashtra 431101, India

Photos of some of the rock-cut temples and monasteries called "Ellora Caves".­

The 34 "caves" – actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of a hill – are Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples and monasteries and were built between the 5th century and 10th century.­

The most impressive is Kailash Temple, a huge monolithic temple carved out of the mountain, and made of a single block of stone.­ It was built in the 8th century.­ It is estimated that about 200,000 tons of rocks was scooped out over hundreds of years to carve this monolithic structure.­ This is one of the largest monolithic structure in the world.­

For more information on these monuments, read the Wikipedia Articles:
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Ellora_­Caves
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Kailash_­Temple

Photos taken during a 7-week, 7000 Km motorcycle tour across parts of India (Delhi, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Kashmir, Jammu and more) in May-June 2009.­