Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hilltop View of Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad

View of section of Ajanta caves from hilltop opposite. The caves are cut into the rock-face. The river Waghora, not seen in this photo, flows down below. Originally, each cave had steps cut into the rocks, going down to the river below, so the monks could get water and also enter/exit the caves.

When they started excavating these caves, they threw grappling hooks into the stones above and suspended themselves, chiseling away with just basic tools into the hard black mountain.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Padmapani Avalokiteswara, Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad

The most famous painting from Cave 1, Padmapani Avalokiteswara, the Boddhisattva of Compassion. The mural tradition of Ajanta, spanning a whole millennium lasting up to the 8th century, occupies the walls of 27 caves.