General view of rock temple caves at Hidimba, near Ajanta
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the rock-cut caves at Hidimba, near Ajanta in Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens around 1880, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections.
This is a general view of the hillside, showing the mouths of the caves. The site of Ajanta has a series of spectacular Buddhist cave temples, prayers halls and monasteries, excavated in the side of a horse-shoe valley of the Waghora river. A first group was excavated between the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. After a period of more than six centuries, the excavations restarted around the 5th century AD, in the Vakataka period. The caves are renowned for their fine sculptures and wall paintings.