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13 October, 2015

Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves

At the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, we still have so many Asian spots to explore… Today we want to show you an unknown India. We are going into Ellora Caves.

If there is something popular about Asia, it is the way the country integrates different cults and religions. And Ellora Caves are a good example. They keep in the same place Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves.

 

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Ellora Caves are located 30 kilometres away from Aurangabad. They were built by the request of Rashtrakuta Dynasty. They are known for their amazing sculptures worldwide.

They represent a decisive point of Indian rock-cut architecture. There are 34 caves: 12 Buddhist caves, 17 Hindu caves and 5 Jain caves. They all were built next to each other, confirming the religious harmony of this time of the history of India.

 

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Buddhist caves were created between the fifth and eighth century. Most of them are viharas or monasteries with several cells. The most famous Buddhist cave is number 10, which is known as Vishwakarma. It is the only chaitya griha amongst the Buddhist group of caves. It keeps a huge seated Buddha statue.

Hindu caves were built between the sixth century and the eighth century. Cave 16, called Kailasa or Kailasanatha, is the centerpiece of Ellora. It was designed to symbolize Mount Kailash, Shiva´s dwelling.

 

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The 5 Jain caves date back to the ninth and tenth centuries. They all belong to the Digambara sect. They present exceptionally detailed art works.

If you are an Asian culture lover, you will fall in love with our 5 stars resort Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa. Plan a getaway to the heart of Asian luxury in the Mediterranean and enjoy a few well-deserved days off.

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