General view of entrance to Buddhist Cave Temple (Cave I), Aurangabad Caves
Photographer: Sykes, D.H.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance to Cave I at Aurangabad, taken by D.H. Sykes in 1875-76. At Aurangabad, near Ajanta in the modern state of Maharashtra, there is a series of impressive Buddhist rock-cut cave temples. A first group was excavated during the Vakataka period, at the same time as the latest caves of Ajanta, while the others date from the second half of the sixth century, Kalachuri period. Cave I dates from the late fifth century and was left unfinished as Vakataka patronage towards Buddhists was interrupted. The portico and verandah have richly carved pillars with brackets in the shape of beautiful maidens beneath trees. The sides of the doorways are carved with figures of river goddesses and couples. There is a relief of seven Buddhas to the left of the verandah.