English breakfast once again.. Cornflakes; Chai Biscuit; Bread butter/jam toast; Egg Poach; Omlette... before we head out to Indian Heritage Site
Lets bite into it
Ajanta caves; 105 km drive till parking + few more km in Government buses. No private vehicles are allowed. Good Thinking.
Palki - for the old
or couch potatoes. Royal Palki.
There it is.
Beware of Rolling stones.
Big crowd at cave 1 & 2 as they are near the entrance.
U can see pillars of Porch having dedicated carvings
Frescoes at Ajanta may not be technically frescoes (Pantings done on wet surface that absorb colour). They are tempera (Paintings done by using animal glue and vegetable gum mixed with the paint pigments to bind them to the dry surface)
Check every inch of cave is painted, Walls, Cealings, and Pillars too.
Miracle of Sravasti - a miracle happened, Bhagwan Buddha appeared in thousand forms at a time.
Jatak Katha, depicted thru paintings in caves
Bhagwan Buddha in Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Mudra. On pedestal are Dhamma Chakra with deer (below not seen in picture) and disciples.
watch the cealing
Five dears sharing same head.. Picture needs operation.
Bodhisattva Padmapani: One of the world famous paintings of Ajanta.
For the first time Siddharth saw the three sorrowful phases of human life.
Watch tower (Observation point)
Bhagwan Budha in Abhay Mudra
Can you locate the flying apsara. (painting from cave no. 17)
Jatak Katha in which Buddha was born as Elephant
Painting on pillar (a princess in make-up room)
Naga King (with seven cobra hoods) and Naga Devi with one cobra hood. Seen outside cave no. 19
Reclining Chai - Everybody is happy
Three tiered dagoba with a figure of Buddha on the front. Cave: 19.
Kaam chalu hai..
The Stupa is decorated with Buddha in Pralambpad Asan.
Cave 26 - Reclining Buddha, lying back in preparation of nirvana. You can see the people on earth in sorrow below and celestial beings in heaven (rejoicing) as Buddha prepares his journey from Earth to Heaven.
Starting our jorney back from Ajanta Caves. Looking at the place from where the British Hunting party arrived to discover the caves that was hidden from the world for almost over 1000 years.