Obeisance to the golden-wombed Lord, the Creator of everything.
Obeisance to Thee, the Sustainer, the Omnipresent and the Omniscient,
Obeisance to Thee of Destroyer’s form, the Annihilator of living beings.
Lord Shiva- the most mysterious, the bestower of salvation, the primordial, possesses such a miraculous personality that makes Him off-centre from any other god. So is the matter with his temples that are best known for their gigantic, indelible structure. Imagine a temple, to build which 400,000 tons of rock was scooped out, covering an area of 60,000 square feet, and rising to a height of about 100 feet, taking almost 150 years to complete! Doesn’t this give you goosebumps? Or make your heart terrified? Sounds like a fanciful Tollywood Epic film shot! But that’s what happened when the enormous structure of Kailasa temple in Ellora came into existence.
It was the month of September in the year 2014 when I had an opportunity to visit this incredible temple of lord Shiva. I took an overnight bus from Nagpur to Aurangabad and reached hotel Vivanta by Taj- just can’t describe its grandeur in words! Vivanta offers wonderful tour packages to its guests and to utilise one of them, I decided to pay a call on the world famous Kailasa in Ellora. As the journey to Ellora began, I found myself in a different world. My car travelled through the sugarcane fields, the hills that looked like swelling on the earth, and narrow gates built during Mughal empire. I imagined Mughal cavalry bearing well ornamented armour riding elephants through the gates having unique architectural style. I understood the reason that Aurangabad is known as “the city of gates”. It is said that Aurangzeb built a wall round the city to protect it from the invasions of Marathas and the wall had been pierced with thirteen gateways including the famous Bhadkal gate. In India at present, while we have advanced technology, it’s still a herculean task for us to build such kind of protection for a city; how could a Mughal emperor get an idea like that in an era when there was no modern facility?