Ellora caves, Aurangabad Overview
Situated very near to Aurangabad is the World Heritage Site of Ellora Caves. These were built between the 6th and 11th century AD and constitute 34 caves that represent a perfect amalgamation of Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist culture. It is also famous across the globe for a temple named Kailash Temple, which is carved out from a single large monolithic rock. The 12 caves comprise of Viharas (monasteries) and shrines of Bodhisattva Saints. The most popular cave is the Chaitya Hall, also known as Carpenter’s Cave. A humongous statue of Lord Buddha, as tall as 15 feet, is installed in the middle of Chaitya Hall.