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History of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad | UNESCO World Heritage Centre

History of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

About Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves near Aurangabad in Maharashtra is one of the largest cave temples and Monasteries complex in the world. They are broadly divided into three groups – Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist monuments. The Buddhist caves comprise monasteries, Viharas, living quarters and prayer halls. Notable among them is the Vishwakarma Cave. At one end of the complex are five Jain caves. The Hindu caves were excavated mainly during the Kalachuri period from the 6th century CE to the 8th century CE. 

Gigantic Temple carved from a single rock

One of the most notable examples of these rock-cut temples is the Kailash Temple. This huge temple consisting of a gateway, assembly hall, main multi-storied temple and other smaller shrines, has been carved out from a single rock. It was made to resemble Mount Kailash.

Ellora Caves Timings

08:00 AM to 05:30 PM (Wednesdays to Mondays)

Closed on Tuesdays

How to reach Ellora Caves

Aurangabad Railway Station is 28 km from Ellora Caves.

Aurangabad Airport is 35 km from Ellora Caves.

Nearby places to visit

  • Bhadra Maruti Temple, Khuldabad
  • Daulatabad Fort
  • Grishneshwar Jyotirling Temple
  • Bibi ka Maqbara, Aurangabad
  • Panchakki, Aurangabad

Distances from Ellora Caves

  • Shirdi – 103 km
  • Nashik – 173 km
  • Pune – 258 km
  • Mumbai – 342 km
  • Surat – 356 km

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