Ajanta Caves

Ajanta Caves

▪ cave temples, India
 Buddhist rock-cut cave temples and monasteries, located near Ajanta village, north-central Maharashtra (Mahārāshtra) state, western India, that are celebrated for their wall paintings. The temples are hollowed out of granite cliffs on the inner side of a 70-foot (20-metre) ravine in the Wagurna River valley, 65 miles (105 km) northeast of Aurangabad, at a site of great scenic beauty.

      The group of some 30 caves was excavated between the 1st century BCE and the 7th century CE and consists of two types, caityas (“sanctuaries”) and viharas (“monasteries”). Although the sculpture, particularly the rich ornamentation of the caitya pillars, is noteworthy, it is the fresco-type paintings that are the chief interest of Ajanta. These paintings depict colourful Buddhist legends and divinities with an exuberance and vitality that is unsurpassed in Indian art. The caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.

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  • Ajanta — geographical name village W central India in N central Maharashtra in Ajanta Range NNE of Aurangabad; site of Ajanta Caves (temples excavated out of rock cliffs) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Ajanta — /euh jun teuh/, n. a village in N Maharashtra, in W central India: caves and shrines containing Buddhist frescoes and sculptures …   Useful english dictionary

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