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Ajanta-a pictologue

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by onlymakarand, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Ganges

    Ganges Esperto

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    thanks makarand i will keep an close eye to your thread and very soon i will plan for the same.
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  2. onlymakarand

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    These are some pics taken inside the caves-

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    Some explanation about the statue and stupas- there were 2 sects amongst Buddha's disciples, namely 'Mahayan' and 'Hiniyan'. The Mahayan Sect Believed in Idol Worshiping and the Hiniyan in Stupa worshiping. Accordingly,there are some caves with Buddha Idols and some with only stupas.. The idols in each cavare carved with different 'mudras' i.e. hand gestures and overall its a serene feeling just watching them.

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    the padmapani sculpture,cave no.1

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    largest cave,cave no 6

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    outer view

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    nice silhouette

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    even outside,there are these beautiful carvings

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    overlooking the way

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    the stupa

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    sculptures outside cave no 10

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    pali shilalekh inside the cave

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    such beautiful paintings

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    encountered this unique sparrow outside..

    will upload the final portion of this photologue shortly
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  3. onlymakarand

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    We couldnt remember how time flew when we were enjoying cave after cave of intricate carvings and beautiful paintings!! soon we were onto the last but most important cave,cave no.26.. (There are 30 caves in all but only 26 are accessible to us)

    This beautiful elephant wel-comed us as we passed by!

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    Carvings on the entrance to the cave..

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    Another architectural marvel- the roof of the cave designed like human rib-cage!! The message the artists are giving here is that This is the heart of the cave complex!! Next pic will explain why-

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    Beautiful Carvings depicting the stupa and Buddha statue in one sculpture,Meaning both the sects- Mahayan and Hiniyan are ultimately only one!!

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    This is the famous Sleeping Buddha statue..Depicting Mahaparinirvana of The Buddha..

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    notice the serene expressions on the face..

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    After seeing all the caves,it was time to visit the waterfall that runs through the very mountain which nestles the caves..the river Waghur originates here..Will shortly upload the remaining pics..
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    This is the bridge that connects the two mountains on the way to waterfall..notice the scarcity of water in the riverbed below..this year, we have had very scant rain in our region :sadblue As a result we anticipated that the waterfall must be thin still we decided to give it a try..

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    Here also used to be one small mountain stream, sadly this year,there isn't any.. :( contemplating where it has gone..

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    had to climb down these steps to go near the waterfall viewing platform

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    This is the waterfall..imagine what a picture it must be when in full flow..

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    This is how small it was!! ;)

    After seeing the fall, we decided to head back..one final look at the caves from the other side of the river-
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    Came back to the base of the caves via the garden route to find the bus ready to ferry us back to the T-junction.. Going back through the shopping plaza, shops like these catch your eye-
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    This was the point where our camera battery ran dead,hence couldn't take pics during return journey, which anyway was quite uneventful..was back home by 8.00 pm , fully refreshed and awestruck!!

    I will sign off this pictologue by this killer of a photo which i took in the shopping plaza..kindly read all the letters on the menu which distinctly resemble english :lol
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    Thanks all for viewing and appreciating this thread. I would recommend all to visit these caves atleast once to see the marvel created by us indians 1400 yrs back :eek: .
    Since this being my first travelogue,I apologize for any lacunae in description..your comments,suggestions and criticism are welcome!!:p
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