AJANTA AND ELLORA – Rediscovered

Hidden away in the lap of nature in northern Maharashtra are these two treasures of enormous historical significance – The Ajanta and Ellora caves. Both are icons of Indian culture and society when India, or then ‘Arya nations’ used to be home to one of the most advanced civilizations in the world. Ajanta caves were discovered by British soldiers in 1840.They actually belong to the 5th and 6th century A.D. The Ellora caves were declared as world heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. They belong between 600 and 870 A.D.

Both the structures show amazing craftsmanship in their sculptures. Ajanta caves are dedicated to Lord Buddha and depiction of his various teachings. The Ellora caves are a magnificent example of a temple complex cut from a single rock. It is dedicated to depiction of Hindu gods and goddesses, Jain and Buddhist gods, and their mythology. The detailed portrayal of society in their respective era is un paralled even today I think. The sleeping Buddha statue at the Ajanta caves is one of the very few statues of lord Buddha in that Pose worldwide. The representation of society and customs in the temples of Ellora makes a mockery of the rituals, customs, superstitions, and narrow mindedness that engulf our country today.

Though I was  a bit sceptical at first about visiting the caves in monsoon, but it turned out to be the best time to visit  the place (besides the annual festival) for a photographer. The natural light was not at all harsh. There were hardly any tourists, so no worries about unwanted people, stray hands, heads and shoulders in your pictures.

I wish that this heritage be well preserved and that the generations now, and of the future apply the teachings of history for betterment of the society.

The famous padmavati painting, an icon of incredible india!
The famous padmavati painting, an icon of incredible india!
Ajanta caves, from where its discoverer saw it first.
Ajanta caves, from where its discoverer saw it first.
The sleeping buddha.
The sleeping buddha.
The sleeping buddha. one of the very few carvings of lord buddha in this pose.
The sleeping buddha. one of the very few carvings of lord buddha in this pose.
one of the many temples in the caves
one of the many temples in the caves
lord buddha

lord buddha

Ajanta

Ajanta

Ajanta

Ajanta

Lord buddha meditating

Lord buddha meditating

THE ELLORA CAVES.

Ellora 1

THANKS FOR VISITING..C YA BACK SOON..!

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14 responses »

  1. All the pictures of the Ajanta – Ellora series are excellent, the HDR is wonderfully done. Thanks for sharing and Wishing you All the Best.

    Rgds.

    Tilak Haria

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  2. Nice set of images ..not a huge fan of HDRs however liked the compositions esp the 3rd and 5th one ..well done buddy .. hope to see you around..cc most welcome

    http://www.pixelmasala.com/blog
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    • Hey,thanks a lot,that was realy encouraging..

      Nice website by d way, wish i cud figure out how to use wordpress 3.1 Hence settled fr a blog instead.. May be u cn help me later..

      Keep in touch,

      Regards,

      Vishal tomar

      On Mon, 30 Aug 2010 03:02 EDT

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  3. Very impressive work Vishal.

    Are some of those HDR shots or are they single exposures tone-mapped?

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  4. Excellent photography… i am seeing this ‘AJANTA AND ELLORA’ through your lens for first time. i think i must visit this place.

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  5. hey vishal,
    AWesome pics 🙂 u have perfectly captured the mystery and spiritual element of des caves!!!saw ur kodaikanal pics, nice ones but des top my list …keep going

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  6. The monks used simple hammers and chisels to carve out these impressive figures which adorn the walls of most of the structures here.

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  7. Hi there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 4! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the superb work!

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  8. Amazing photographs………………….

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