Kailasa temple of Ellora caves : Ancient rock cut temple

Kailasa temple of Ellora caves : Ancient rock cut temple

Ellora is an ancient architectural site consisting of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves dating back to 600 AD. its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, illustrates the spirit of religious tolerance of ancient Indian civilization. The Kailasa Temple (Cave 16) is one of the 34 Cave temples and monasteries. It is also the largest single monolithic structure in the world. Kailasa temple represents Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva. Kailasa temple of ellora is considered as one of the most remarkable cave temples in India because of its size, architecture and sculptural treatment. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Its construction is generally attributed to the 8th-century Rashtrakuta king Krishna I based on inscriptions in Kannada. The Kailasa Templeappears to be based on the Virupaksha Temple at Pattadakal and the Kailasa temple at Kanchi, but it is not an exact imitation of these two temples. The southern influence on the temple architecture can be attributed to the involvement of Chalukya and Pallava artists in its construction The Kailasa Temple is notable for its vertical excavation—carvers started at the top of the original rock and excavated downward. It is believed tht 2,50,000 tons of rocks were cut and it took 100 years to complete most important sculpture of the temple, which depicts Ravana shaking the Kailasa mountain, appears to have been built 3-4 decades after the completion of the main shrine The Nandi mandapa and main Shiva temple are about 7 m high and built on two stories. A rock bridge connects the Nandi Mantapa to the porch of the temple. The base of the temple has been carved to suggest that elephants are holding the whle structure. The temple has many sculptural designs depicting events from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The sanctum contains a huge monolithic linga and the ceiling is decorated with an enormous lotus. multiple distinct architectural and sculptural styles have led some scholars to believe that its construction spanned the reigns of multiple kings This beautiful structure rightfully deserves to be the most prominent Unesco World heritage sites of India

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