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


Jyotirmoy Sarkar said...

Beautiful shots, one of my dream places, hope will visit soon.

Indrani said...

Mind blowing place , I have to visit again.

Ranjana Jha said...

@Jyotirmoy, thank you, these caves are worth visiting.
@Indrani,Thanks, yes it is, try to visit during monsoons, the entire area becomes very beautiful then.