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Facade of Cave VI, Ajanta

Facade of Cave VI, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 125/1(16)

Item number: 125116

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the facade of Cave 6, at Ajanta. The thirty magnificent cave temples of Ajanta are situated in a horse-shoe valley of the Waghora river in West India and consist of prayer halls (chaityas) and monasteries (viharas), built for the Buddhist community who lived there. The first group was excavated between the 2nd - 1st century BC. After a period of more than six centuries, the excavations restarted around the 5th century AD in the Vakataka period. Cave 6 is a monastery of the late 5th century excavated on two levels. The lower hall has octagonal columns and an ornamental arch on the shrine dorway. On the antechamber walls there are some mural fragments depicting Buddhist stories like the miracle at Sravasti. A flight of steps leads to the upper level where there are Buddha figures in the verandah shrines.

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