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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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The Ajanta Caves have approximately 254 hectares of land, while the Ellora Caves have about 34 hectares.
Although each of the five movements is set in actual places (Khuldahad and the Valley of Saints, the Ajanta and Ellora caves, Villa Schonberg and the Rietberg Museum in Zurich), the boundaries between real and imagined spaces, interior and exterior (or fabricated and fabulated) landscapes--in brief, between topos and logos--are often blurred, if not erased, and their correspondences and liminal ambiguities are consistently cross-referenced throughout the book.
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Carved on the hillsides of the Sahyadri ranges, the temples of the Ellora Caves will be accessible via existing ramps.
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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