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Buddhist Caves

After seeing the large Kailasanatha Temple we went to a Buddhist cave.  The places of worship are called chaityas while the dwellings for the monks are known as viharas. Within a chaitya will be a model stupa.  Stupas were places where ashes of Buddhist monks and teachers were often kept.

There is only on chaitya amongst this group of Buddhist caves at it was called Vishwakarma, named after the celestial carpenter, or alternatively after the mock vaulted ceiling that is present.


This was the outside of the chaitya.














The attendant is holding a metal tray and tilting it to reflect the sunlight into the cave.  It is thought that this maybe one method by which the caves were lit to enable the carving out of the rock.

The inside of the cave was quiet dark and the mirror provided a soft glowing light.
















The stupa inside included a carving of a seated Buddha.  The cave is not big so to walk in and see this in front of you and with the friezes and vaulted ceiling above was very impressive.


The chamber has good acoustics, the attendant was persuaded by our guide to call some chants and it sounded very good.
















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