Sunday, September 18, 2016

Video of the Reclining Buddha cave 26 at Ajanta near Aurangabad India

Reclining Buddha at Ajanta Cave (cave 26), Aurangabad, India

Here is a video clipping of cave 26 from Ajanta caves. This cave has a reclining Buddha depicting the moment of his death. The sculptures and the intricate work in this cave is amazing. In case you are short of time, I recommend that you see caves 1, 2, 16, 17, and 26.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The reclining Buddha at Ajanta, A UNESCO World heritage site, near Aurangabad, India

Reclining Buddha, Ajanta cave 26
Ajanta, a UNESCO world heritage site in Aurangabad district, India, depicts the finest Indian wall paintings and architecture (quite a bit of it is still surviving). There are a total of 30 rock-cut caves dating back to the 2nd century BC, many are unfinished and quite a few have deteriorated a lot, but there are some better preserved caves where we can get a glimpse of ancient Indian art and architecture.

These caves had been long forgotten until a British officer stumbled upon one of the caves in 1819.

I will start my Ajanta diary by posting pictures and a short video clipping of Cave 26; this cave has a reclining Buddha, and some very nice sculptures and interesting paintings.

Ajanta cave 26

Ceiling of cave 26

Painting on the wall of cave 26