DAILY PHOTO: Ajanta Caves from a Distance

Taken in October of 2014 in Maharashtra, Aurangabad District, near Fardapur


While these Buddhist caves look quite prominent now, in 1819, they’d been grown over by vegetation and were long forgotten until rediscovered by Captain John Smith, who was engaged in a tiger hunt at the time.

DAILY PHOTO: Ajanta Wall Murals

Taken on November 19, 2014 in Ajanta Caves

Taken on November 19, 2014 in Ajanta Caves

IMG_0421 IMG_0424IMG_0341 IMG_0324In the caves of Ajanta, many wall paintings have been preserved. As harsh light can damage these artworks, some of which have survived for centuries, flashes and outside lighting are prohibited. Therefore, it’s a challenge get decent photos, but here are a few attempts.

DAILY PHOTO: Falls on the Waghur River: 3 Views

Taken November 19, 2014

Taken November 19, 2014

These are the falls just down the Waghur river from the Ajanta Caves. This is above the falls.

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This is looking down the toward the falls. Water collects in a series of natural cisterns, each filling and spilling into the next.

 

IMG_0649This is the waterfall from across the river.

 

DAILY PHOTO: Ajanta Sanctuary

Taken on November 19, 2014

Taken on November 19, 2014

There are two types of caves at Ajanta; chaitya-grihas (a.k.a. sanctuary, prayer hall, or meditation hall) and sanghārāmas (a.k.a. vihāras or monasteries.) This is an example of the former, of which there are only a few. In fact, it (cave 26) is the most ornate of the Ajanta sanctuaries. Sanctuaries are distinguished by domed roofs and the presence of a stupa, which is a monument that is typically dome-shaped but need not be so flashy as this one–sometimes they are simply mounds. The sanctuaries also have fanlights (like a transom) that bring in more light than the monasteries.

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Cave 26 also houses the carving of the reclining Buddha that I’m presently using for my header image.

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