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Ajanta

P A D M A P A N I. Ajanta

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An exemple or Gupta Art inside the cave n°1 in Ajanta, the Bodhisattva Padmapani. Ajanta near Ellora are
two wonderful places to visit.. One would need a tripod to get the entire colors of those paintings, things I
don't carry when travelling. It's quite unbelievable to see how rich they are.
The Gupta era started around 320 After Christ

A Nice exhibition about Gupta Art in Paris right now:


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Cave 26, Ajanta caves

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The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta
period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The
paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a
considerable artistic influence.
Buddha (Ajanta)

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This is shotted in extreme low light in cave No.1 .

Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, India are rock-cut cave monuments dating back to the second century BCE
and containing paintings and sculpture considered to be masterpieces of both "Buddhist religious art" ...

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Ajanta Caves - pianting on the wall. The paintings are mainly found on the walls, ceilings and pillars. These
paintings have now erroded due to decay and human interference. Most of the paintings narrate / depict
stories from the Jataka tales.This kind of artwork is called mural paintings. The rock surfaces were first
chiselled to make them rough to hold the paster applied on them. The plaster was generally made of clay,
hay, dung and lime. The colors used to paint are generally known as 'earth colors' or 'vegetable colors.'
Various kinds of stones, minerals, and plants were used in combinations to prepare different colors.

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Inside an Ajanta Cave.

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a piece in Ajanta caves.

Cave 26, Ajanta caves


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The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta
period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The
paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a
considerable artistic influence.

Ajanta Caves, Sitting Buddha

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This photo was taken at Ajanta caves, which is recognised by UNESCO and included it in its World Heritage
List in the year 1983. The famous Ajanta caves are situated about 100 kms away from Aurangabad district in
the state of Maharashtra in India. The caves are cut from the volcanic rocks of the Deccan plateau in the
forest ravines of the Sahyadri Hills and are set in beautiful sylvan surroundings. They were discovered
accidentally by a British Captain, John Smith in 1819, while on a hunting expedition. These caves are
dedicated to Lord buddha. The followers and students of buddhism treated these caves as mosoon retreats
where they could come and study about the religion. These caves were carved out from the 2nd Century BC
to the 6th Century AD. The caves can be basically divided into 2 categories - Chaitya Grihas and Viharas.
Chaitya Griha as they were called is basically a prayer hall. Viharas are basically a monastry where the
monks used to reside.

This photograph was taken inside cave number 26 which is one of the Chaitya grihas.
Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India

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Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, India - about 100km from Aurangabad.
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Ajanta - Paintings on the roof
Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India

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Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, India - about 100km from Aurangabad.
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Ceiling painting, Ajanta Caves

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The Ajanta Caves, near Aurangabad, were carved out of a great cliff face between the 2nd century BC and
7th AD. There are about 30 of them in all. Some of the wall paintings are still in excellent shape.
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Ajanta Caves

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The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta
period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The
paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a
considerable artistic influence.

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