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General view of rock temple caves at Hidimba, near Ajanta

General view of rock temple caves at Hidimba, near Ajanta

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(568)

Item number: 568

Length: 20.3

Width: 14.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

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.

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