View from the left looking along interior of verandah of Buddhist Vihara, Cave XIV, Ajanta
Photographer: Gill, Robert
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the verandah of Cave XIV, Ajanta taken by Robert Gill c.1868-70. Ajanta is situated in the modern state of Maharashtra. At Ajanta, there are nearly thirty rock-cut caves set into a cliff in a bend in the Waghora river. The temples were found by accident by Captain John Smith on a hunting trip but were not documented properly until the middle of the nineteenth century. The construction of the caves can be divided into two periods, the first dating to the 1st to 2nd centuries BC whilst the second was around 500 years later. Cave XIV is a Buddhist Vihara or monastery which was excavated in the 5th Century and left unfinished. The pillared verandah has a door decorated figures of maidens and attendants that leads into the hall. This view shows the interior of the verandah.