General view from the right of porch and entrance to Buddhist Vihara, Cave XVII, Ajanta
Photographer: Gill, Robert
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the verandah of Buddhist Vihara, Cave XVII, Ajanta taken by Robert Gill between 1868 and 1870. Cave 17 is a monastery dating to the late 5th Century and its walls have the greatest number of paintings of any cave at Ajanta. These depict Jataka stories, scenes from Buddha's life. Over the doorway in the verandah there is a row of seated Buddhas and amorous couples. The panel to the left represents Indra flying with his celestial attendants. In the next scene a princely couple is represented seated in a pavilion drinking and then distributing alms to an assembly. A Wheel of Life is painted on the left wall. To the right of the verandah doorway there are celestial maidens and then a panel depicting Buddha subduing the elephant sent by Devadatta to kill him. On the ceiling of the verandah there is a multi lobed medallion.