Buddha Statue at Ajanta Caves | Photos of India
A photo of cave 26 at the Ajanta cave complex of the Buddha in front of a stupa underneath a spectacular vaulted ceiling.
This astonishing cave, cave 26, is a prayer hall containing a statue of the Buddha in front of a stupa. Cave 26 was hand carved out of the hillside in the 6th century CE. There are a total of 30 caves in Ajanta containing paintings and carvings depicting incidents from the life of the Buddha.
They were carved out of the hillside by hand using only hammers and chisels.
The Ajanta caves were abandoned 1500 years ago and unknown for more than 1,000 years until 1919 when they were discovered by John Smith, a young British cavalry officer.
Smith was on a tiger hunt when he spotted the mouth of a cave high above the Waghora River. He scrambled up the cliff and entered the cave and encountered a great vaulted and colonnaded hall, its walls covered in faded paintings. Beneath a dome, a timeless praying Buddha fronted a mound-like shrine, or stupa.
Display lighting has been used to colour the ceiling, a more natural coloured print is also available.