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Ellora

(ĕlō`rə), village, E central Maharashtra state, India. Extending more than 1 mi (1.6 km) on a hill are 34 rock and cave temples (5th–13th cent.), most of them Hindu but some Buddhist and Jain. The most remarkable building is the great Kailasa temple, excavated on the instructions of the king Krishna I (reigned c.756–773). Dedicated to the god Shiva, who is enshrined as a giant lingam in the innermost sanctuary, the temple is a free-standing structure, carved like a statue from the surrounding hillside. The rear wall of its excavated courtyard (276 ft x 154 ft/84 m x 47 m) is 100 ft (30 m) high. The temple proper (164 ft x 109 ft/50 m x 33 m) was carved from a single mass of rock. The roof of its central hall is supported by 16 square columns. Mythological and animal figures are profusely carved on nearly all the surfaces. One of India's greatest architectural treasures, the temple attracts thousands of tourists annually.
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Cut into an embankment of the Waghur river, which, from markings into the rockface, clearly flowed at heights much greater than it does The Ellora caves are beautifully maintained by the ASI
Ellora Caves are a complex of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples.
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a visit to the Ellora Caves, a World Heritage Site featuring monasteries and temples from three religions that are carved into a mountain face with astounding intricacy
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Targeted locations for the 2000/2001 season of episodes include: Abu Simbel, Giza, Luxor and Karnak, Egypt; Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Ajanta, Ellora Caves, Sanchi, Taj Mahal and Varanasi, India; Ayers Rock, Australia; Borobudur and Prambanan, Indonesia; Chichen Itza, Mexico; The Oracle at Delphi, Greece; Easter Island; The Great Wall, Luoyang, and Mount T'ai Shan, China; Hue Monuments, Vietnam; Kathmandu, Nepal; Lalibela, Ethiopia; Machu Picchu, Peru; Nemrut Dagh, Turkey; Petra, Jordan; Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka; Stonehenge, United Kingdom; Tikal, Guatamala and more.
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The Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, the Red Fort, the churches of Goa, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, mountain railways, and national parks such as Kaziranga and Keoladeo are among the prominent entries.
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