Caves carved out of a granite cliff over 2,000 years ago continue to intrigue archaeologists. How were these temples carved and above all ... where are the heaps of stones that were released.


Thirty temples and Buddhist monasteries were dug in a very hard basalt rock before the beginning of our era.

The oldest excavations date from the 2nd century BC. The most recent date from the 6th century AD.

These temples of knowledge could house a few hundred people, monks, teachers or students.

They are distinguished by their remarkable paintings which were almost intact when the caves were discovered by English soldiers in 1819.

In the meantime, many tourists have passed by, alas ...


about the place, Ajanta Caves:

In the region of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, there are about thirty caves carved out of granite. These Buddhist caves are known as "Ajanta caves". These excavations date from the second century BC until the end of the fifth century AD.

It seems that these caves are ancient monasteries and places of worship carved into a cliff 75 meters high.

They are decorated with paintings and statues depicting the life of Buddha and other Buddhist deities.

They were not rediscovered until 1819 by an English officer participating in a tiger hunt. At the time the region was covered with a dense forest. It's hard to imagine it these days ...



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