Interior of Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave XIX, Ajanta 10005494
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of the Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave XIX at Ajanta, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Cave 19 is an elaborate rock-cut chaitya hall from the late 5th century. The external facade has a large horseshoe-arched window flanked by figures of yakshas and Buddhas carved in relief. The interior hall has two rows of columns whose capitals are decorated with Buddha figures, flying couples, hermits and musicians. The panels above depict Buddhas surrounded by bands of scrollwork. At the end of the apse there is a Buddha image in a niche carved on the votive stupa.