Ancient & Historical Tourist Destination of India – Maharashtra ||Episode 1||

Ancient & Historical Tourist Destination of India – Maharashtra ||Episode 1||


India is an ancient and mythical place. The rich history of India goes back about five thousand years. Many civilizations, many kings, many dynasties came to live in this wonderful land and left their mark in our culture, in the pages of history and many cases, in the rock. Today in this new series of amazing India, we will explore some of the well-known and easily accessible Historical tourist destinations. Today we will see the exotic cave sculptures and paintings in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Ajanta Caves. The Ajanta caves are approximately thirty rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments. This cave system is located around 99 kilometers north of Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Ajanta Caves are designated as UNESCO world heritage site and are quite popular among travelers from all over the world. The caves include paintings and rock cut sculptures described as among the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art. The caves were built in two phases, the first phase starting around the 2nd century BC while the second phase was built around 400 to 650 AD. The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries AD) many more richly decorated Caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art. have had a considerable artistic influence. Ellora Caves Ellora is just 15 kilometers west of Aurangabad in Maharashtra and is also designated as UNESCO world heritage site. Ellora is one of the largest rock-cut monastery temple cave complexes in the world, featuring Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments and artwork dating from the 600 to 1000 AD period. Cave 16 features the largest single monolithic rock excavation in the world the Kailasha temple a chariot shaped monument dedicated to Shiva. The Kailasha Temple also features sculptures depicting the gods goddesses and mythologies found in Vaishnavism, Shaktism as well as relief panels summarizing the two major Hindu epics. 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. These consist of 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain caves. These rock-cut caves containing carvings are some of the best examples of ancient Indian architecture and sculpture Elephanta caves Elephanta caves are UNESCO world heritage site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva Consists of five Hindu caves and a few Buddhist Stupa mounds that date back to the second century BC The Elephanta caves contain rock cut stone sculptures that show syncretism of Hindu and Buddhist ideas and iconography The caves are hewn from solid basalt rock. The carvings narrate Hindu mythologies, with a large monolithic 20 feet Trimurti Sadashiva (three faced Shiva), Nataraja (Lord of dance) and Yogeshwara (Lord of yoga) being the most celebrated. The ancient history of the island is unknown in either Hindu or Buddhist records Archaeological studies have uncovered many remains that suggest the small island had a rich cultural past, with evidence of human settlement by possibly the second century BC. The regional history is first recorded in the Gupta – Empire era, but these do not explicitly mention these caves. This has made the origins and the century in which Elephanta caves were built a subject of a historic dispute. They have been variously dated mostly between from late 5th to late 8th century AD, largely based on the dating of other cave temples in the Deccan region. We will continue exploring the historical tourist sites in India in the upcoming episodes Thank you for watching. And if you liked this video, please give me thumbs up Please subscribe And press the bell icon and select “All”, if you do not want to miss this mythical journey with me. If you have any Questions do not hesitate to ask me in the comments below. Thank you

One thought on “Ancient & Historical Tourist Destination of India – Maharashtra ||Episode 1||

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *