Buddhist Temples at Ellora Caves

Buddhist Temples at Ellora Caves

Buddhist Temples at Ellora Caves
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Monck
Abbotsford, Canada280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
No surprise this is a UNESCO World Heritage site all of the temples and quarters are carved from the top down in Basalt Rock using a hammer and chisel. Architecture and design amazing and the fact it was also all painted so long ago
Written 14 March 2020
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ShvRm_Traveller
Goa, India578 contributions
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Nov 2019
Of the 34 Caves at Ellora, first 12 Caves house monuments associated with Buddhism. All are rock cut caves and most of the caves consists of monasteries. The most notable among the caves is Cave No. 10 called the Vishwakarma Cave.
Written 31 March 2020
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Donna_in_India
New York City, NY597 contributions
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Nov 2019
There are 12 Buddhist Caves at Ellora - numbers 1-12. The caves comprise of Chaityas (shrines) and Viharas (monasteries). Cave number 1 is possibly the earliest excavation; the Buddhist caves date back to 500-700 A.D.

In comparison to the slightly elaborate Jain Caves and the very elaborate Hindu Caves, the Buddhist Caves are almost serene. But it is that very simplicity that I found beautiful. Of course it was easy to imagine the lives of the Buddhists who prayed and meditated (and ate and slept) on the very hard rock floors!

Cave 1 is a plain vihara with eight cells. The cells were bare rock and were used for solitary meditation. They indeed looked as uncomfortable as a prison cell but for some unexplainable reason, I really liked this Cave.

Cave 2 is a monastery - 50 feet high - having a central hall with pillars and a gallery of Buddhas.

Cave 5 was another of my favorite Buddhist Caves. It is also the largest - 117 feet long by 56 feet wide. Twenty four pillars hold up the roof. It looks like it may have been used as a classroom for young monks. At the far end of the Cave is a Buddha image in a chapel.

What is interesting in Cave 6 is that in the antechamber there is a statue of the Hindu goddess of learning, Saraswati. Apparently the boundaries between Hinduism and Buddhism are fuzzy and Hindus recognize and worship some Buddhist god/goddesses as their own and vice-versa.

Cave 10, also known as Visvakarma, was my favorite Buddhist Cave. It is a chaitya-hall and the only Buddhist chapel at Ellora. The monastery is on the ground floor and the chamber has 28 columns, dividing it up into a nave and aisles. At the back is a huge figure of (Teaching) Buddha carved under a votive stupa. There is a high ceiling with stone rafters. A monk would go up against a column and chant; the chant would echo through the whole monastery. I imagine it was a beautiful sound. (Our guide quietly chanted near a pillar and we were able to hear him throughout the chaitya.)

Cave 12 is a three storied cave and is also known as Teen-thaal. It has an open court and has porches supported by pillars in each story. The outside is very plain looking but the hall on each floor has decorated galleries with Buddhas carved on the walls. The nicest statue is the Buddha (in deep meditation) in the shrine.
Written 6 February 2020
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