It is located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India.It is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world, featuring Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments, and artwork. There are over 100 caves at the site, all excavated from the basalt cliffs in the Charanandri Hills, 34 of which are open to public to visit.The Hindu monuments: Caves 13–29 are a must visit which are having impeccable history carried with them.The carvings at Ellora were at one time profusely painted. The rock was covered with a lime plaster which was painted. The plaster and the paint has survived in places.
Ellora caves is a cluster of 34 stone carved caves build between 600-1000 AD. It became a world heritage site in 1983.The main attraction of Ellora caves is Kailasha temple. A megalith structure carved out of a single rock, it is one of the most remarkable cave temples in the world because of its size, architecture, historical - spiritual values and sculptural treatment. It took approximately 200 years of 10 generations to complete the temple, this is a proof that great things take time.No matter what I write, how beautifully I describe, it won't do justice with the marvelous creation of humankind.
Ellora caves - Kailash temple caves is do not required to miss. It is finest example of ancient architecture. Only problem is the most of the idols are in ruin conditions. There are around 34 caves and you required long walk to explore all the caves. Minimum 3-4 hours required to explore all the caves. For exploring caves 29-34 you need to take state transport bus.
First on our list was visit to Ellora caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ellora caves are situated at a distance of 30kms from Aurangabad. It consists of 34 caves temples and monasteries and it will take atleast 2-3 hrs to visit all of them. Since we were short on time, we directly went to the main attraction, cave number 16, the Kailasa Temple. The temple is an architectural wonder which was built starting from the top. This temple is a monolithic constructed by King Krishna I in 720 AD. Sculptures throughout the temple depict various stories of the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and Lord Krishna.
The cave Temples of Ellora, are the product of three religious systems-Buddhism, Brahmanism and Jainism containing elaborate carvings of gods, goddesses and remarkable memorials of the three great faiths they represent.