cave 19 - ajanta caves - ancient buddhist temples (india)


Cave 19 - Ajanta Caves (India)

This rock-cut cave is carved out from a rock cliff, so it is made of a single piece of stone.­ It was not built, but rather, excavated.­

ajanta caves buddha image buddha statue buddhism buddhist temple cave rock-cut standing
Route caves, Maharashtra 431117, India

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.­

Ajanta Caves (India) are rock-cut cave monuments dating from the second century BC.­

The caves contain paintings and sculpture considered to be masterpieces of both "Buddhist religious art" and "universal pictorial art".­

Personally I was more impressed by the nearby Ellora Caves.

For more information about the Ajanta Caves, read this Wikipedia Article.

I though this cave pretty amazing to be carved out like a Cathedral ceiling. Many of the very old cathedrals in Europe have this type of roof sometimes carved from sandstone and othertimes made from wood. (in Holland).Too see this in India carved within a cave was quite astonishing. So many questions?