Located in Verul, Maharashtra, Ellora is one of the finest UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. Although we often say Ajanta and Ellora, they are two different places in Aurangabad district, about 103 km apart.
Ellora is one of the largest Hindu rock-cut temple cave complexes in the world, and it is marvelous to say the least. Here are some of the most interesting facts associated with Ellora Caves.
- There are a total of 34 monasteries and temples in Ellora. These temples are carved into the hills of Charanandri.
- The Ellora Cave Temple site covers an area of over 2 km. These temples are carved side by side in an unbroken sequence, making them one of the most intricate and unique temple designs in the world.
- The Ellora Caves are dedicated to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Their presence in the same complex shows the sense of tolerance that was generally a way of life in ancient India.
- The rock-cut cave temples of Ellora date back to the 5th and 12th centuries. The caves are all numbered and caves 1 and 12 are the oldest of the lot, dating from the 5th century. These caves are Buddhist caves and show traces of the Mahayana philosophy of Buddhism.
- The most popular monument of all, the world-famous Kailasa Temple is part of the Brahmanic group of caves (13-29). Kailasa Temple is found in Cave 16 and is one of the most beautiful temples in the world.
- Caves 30 to 34 are Jain cave temples, and they were dug between the 9th and 12th centuries.
- When is the best time to visit Ellora Caves?
November to February is the best time to visit Ellora Caves.
- Where is the Kailasa Temple located?
Kailasa Temple is part of the Ellora rock-cut temple complex in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
- How many cave temples are there in Ellora?
There are 34 monuments in Ellora.