Ajanta Caves

 

Overview

The Ajanta Caves were carved in the 2nd century BC out of a horseshoe-shaped cliff along the Waghora River. They were used by Buddhist monks as prayer halls (chaitya grihas) and monasteries (viharas) for about nine centuries, then abruptly abandoned. They fell into oblivion until they were rediscovered in 1819. 

The total numbers of caves are 30. Most of them were finished, A few were half finished, A pathway, scooped out from stone, runs as a crescent by the caves for pedestrians. From this, one can have a glorious view of the ravine below.
 
The painting and sculptures in the caves are of Buddhist origin; Gautama Buddha (600 B.C.) was against painting and Sculpture. He forbade image of himself. Also he was against the use of colorful clothes such as may excite desire he did not admit women to the order of nuns. He felt that all life was pain. The best way to attain salvation (Nirvana) was to suppress all for happiness.
 
 
After the death of the Buddha, many indigenous and oppressed accepted the faith of the "enlightened".  It is well known that, with the illiterate, the images come before that of ideas, these converts wanted to worship the images of Buddha and his incarnations, such as the Hindus worshipped their gods. The Buddhist monks composed of many stories of Gautama of previous incarnations. For example, it was supposed to have been a lotus at a given time, in another birth, it was an elephant. In yet another birth, he was prince; the monks painted these human stories. In addition, they were carved in landforms near the Stupa symbolic mound or serious, more the Buddha relics as his tooth or hair Neil.
 
The pilgrims have begun to worship the paint and symbolic images. And then the monks raised this kind or the worship in a sacred ritual. The Buddhism, Hinayana Buddhism, practiced in or to the phase of Buddhist denial of pleasure, therefore slowly become the Mahayana Buddhism of acceptance of desire - as long as men and women can remember the pain of existence.
 
To summarize the difference and, Hinayana Buddhism, practiced in the Mahayana phases of Buddhism, we may say: The
Buddhism, Hinayana Buddhism, practiced in asking people to rely on themselves and to practice the eightfold path of right behavior. The Buddha was not as hindu god, which the faithful could ask for help.
 
The Mahayana has made the Buddha almost of gods may be under the influence of Hinduism, by the time that the most liberal faith has emerged, Buddhism has accepted women in the Sangha, or the order of monks and nuns, and has promised to help people achieve the nirvana by practicing certain rites. By the time of caves Ajanta is trying hard were carved, the Buddhists have evolved images almost parallel by the Hindus.
 
 
Ajanta Caves remain closed on Monday. CAVES REMAIN OPEN ON ALL NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
 
Cave Charges: 
1. For Indians below 15 years : FREE of Charge
2. For Indians above 15 years : Rs. 10/- per head 
3. For Foreigners above 15 years : US $5 or equivalent in Indian rupees per head 
4. For Photo Camera/ Video Camera: Rs. 5/- (Camera to be used without flash) 
 
 
 

Location

Country
India
State
Maharashtra
City
Aurangabad
Location
Ajantha Caves
Address
Maharashtra, india - 431117
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Nearest Railway Station
Jalalganj (JLL)
Nearest Airport
Aurangabad Airport
IN
latitude : 19.862699510 longitude :75.398101810
Corporation : Aurangabad
GPS Code : VAAU
Open Year
2nd century BC
Dedicated To
Buddhist
Visiting Hours
9.00AM to 17.30PM Indian Standard Time (IST)

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