View from the right of façade of Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave XXVI, Ajanta
Photographer: Gill, Robert
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the façade of the Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave XXVI at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill in c1868-70, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were excavated into a horse-shoe shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora River in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. This chaitya hall belongs to a later group from the 5th century AD. It is large and elaborately decorated but considerably damaged. A columned verandah, now almost destroyed, extends across the facade. The facade is decorated by a large horse-shoe shaped window above a columned entrance, decorated with rows of carved figures of Buddhas.