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After covering the gigantic Cave No. 16, we moved ahead with he rest of the caves. It was tiresome under the blazing sun. We wrapped up smaller caves quickly and spent more time in four major caves, no. 10, 21, 29 and 32.
Ellora Cave No. 10
It is a two storied Buddhist cave that once served as a Chaitya Griha, a prayer hall housing a stupa. There is a giant Buddha statue inside. You can take the side stairs to reach the upper floor, which used to serve as the Music Chamber to aid the prayers.
Ellora Cave No. 21
It is a Hindu cave with a big Nandi Bull in seated at the entry. There are river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna sculpted inside along with marriage scenes of Shiva and Parvani. Sadly a lot of those images came out to be blurry and so I cannot really post them here.
Ellora Cave No. 29
It is another Hindu cave supported with giant pillars. At the very entrance we were greeted by two mindblowing, massive pieces of art on both sides of the wall along. Everything else inside are also massive in size. Just see them to believe.
Ellora Cave No. 32
The last cluster of caves are the Jain caves. They are located at a slight distance along a different road from the other caves. The 32nd cave is the biggest one of them all. It is mistakenly called the Indra Sabha by many. Statues of Vardhaman Mahavir can be seen inside while the large elephant statue outside is remarkable. There is an upper floor too and the walls and pillars are intricately decorated.
The next day we moved to Ajanta… Will update that story soon…