is world famous for its multicolored fresco pictures and
Writing in Devnagari. From 200 B.C. to 650 A.D. this
wonderful Buddhist cave Temple was developed in Sahjadri
Mountain. Two hundred Buddhist monks, artists and worker
created this cave along 275 metre lava clad mountain.
There are 29 caves in Ajanta. There were spellbound
artistic works on the wall of the caves. At the bottom,
there is a sleek hilly river called Baghdogora.
Ajanta faced many adversities in its history. In
eighteenth century it was subdued by sculpture of Ajanta.
Earthquake of 1920 also cause a lot of loss. Poor
quality of maintenance also worsened the situation.
Cave 1: It was residence of the Buddhist Monks. This
cave was created in 600 – 642 A.D. In the entrance,
there is Goddess Jamuna and Goddess Ganga (Ganges)
(Ganges) in sculpture. There are twenty artistic pillars
in the cave. The sculpture and Fresco pictures is mixed
up and created a new dimension. Different stories of
Jataka are depicted on the ceiling and walls of the
cave. Lord Buddha was shown in different poses. Mural
pictures are also seen here.
Cave 2: The position of this curve is next to cave 1.
There are twelve decorated pillars. Superb pictures are
carved on the stone of the cave. The walls and ceiling
are decorated. It seems there is Greek influence on the
art of the cave. The story of Jataka was the main theme
of the art.
Cave 6: Only two storied cave.
Cave 16: Best Fresco pictures are seen here. It was
created during 475 – 500 A.D. Different stories of
Jataka are depicted in the walls and ceilings. The river
Baghdogora is seen from this cave. In fact, in the
ancient days, cave 16 was the entrance to Ajanta along
the river Baghdogora.
17: Collection of excellent pictures makes it a
famous cave. This cave was created during 470
–480 A.D. The cave was created during 470 –
480 A.D. The pictures of dancers, pictures of
lovemaking are there along with different pictures
Cave 26: This is also a famous cave. The moment of
‘Mahanivarna’ of Lord Buddha was depicted
How to go Ajanta?
is connected by road only. The nearest rail station of
Ajanta is Jalgaon. Ajanta is 59 kilometers away from
Jalgaon. One can get bus frequently for Ajanta from
Aurangabad also. Ajanta is 103 kilometers far off from
Aurangabad. Aurangabad is connected by air also. The
airport is 12 kilometers far from the city. Indian
Airlines is connecting Aurangabad with Delhi and Mumbai
daily. There is to and fro Jet Airways flight from
Mumbai to Aurangabad regularly. Indian Airlines contact: