Undoubtedly, India is one of the oldest living countries in the world and hence, is a mine of wonders. Today, it is also one of the most-visited places in the world not only on account of its rich culture and traditions but also due to its richness in natural as well as historical beauty.
How about taking a look at the rock-cut monuments in India which are certainly peerless and superlative in all terms, be it regarding their architecture, formation, history or soothing environment? From caves to temples, India hosts every form of rock-cut architecture which are definite instances of unparalleled beauty.
Settled peacefully in the forests of Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Mumbai, Kanheri Caves is a must-visit destination if you are looking to savour the historical beauty with your family and friends amidst the hush of nature and melody in the atmosphere. With grand halls, huge pillars and monumental sculptures, Kanheri Caves are located atop lush green hills and attract thousands of visitors every month who love exploring the blend of history and nature.
With more than 100 entrances, Kanheri Caves were built as meditation and learning centres, where spiritual teachers used to lecture their students on certain aspects of life apart from giving them knowledge on various subjects such as astronomy, science and arts. How about planning a trip to these beautiful caves?
Another wonder located in the state of Maharashtra in Pune district is none other than Lenyadri Caves, which are a series of 30 rock-cut caves dedicated to Buddhism. With several caves dating back to the period of the 1st century, Lenyadri is one of the oldest-known homes to rock-cut monuments in the form of caves.
Today, several caves are converted into Hindu temples and numerous Hindu devotees can be seen here coming to pay their respects to the gods. The beauty of Lenyadri Caves lies in its embellished pillars, decorated walls and beautiful ceiling. How about passing through the historical era of Lenyadri Caves?
Group Of Monuments At Aihole
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Other flawless instances of rock-cut architecture are the monuments built at Aihole in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. Comprising of several Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples along with few monasteries, the complex of Aihole dates back to the era of the 4th century. It is also known for its cluster of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. The major speciality of monuments at Aihole lies in its historical significance and archaeological importance.
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Located on the Coromandel Coast in Chennai, Mahabalipuram is another significant site in India which is home to around 400 ancient monuments including several rock reliefs. This group of rock-cut monuments at Mahabalipuram are believed to be built during the 7th century under the reign of the Pallava dynasty.
Mahabalipuram is famous amongst tourists for its Shore Temple alongside the beach, which portrays fine work of architecture. How about being surrounded by the lively atmosphere of the sea, temples and rocks?
Badami Cave Temples
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A perfect destination to celebrate secularism, Badami is home to several Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples and the complex of its cave temples houses the best of architectural works in India.
Flourishing since the time of the Chalukya dynasty, Badami Cave Temples are home to some of the oldest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. With six caves in its compound, Badami is definitely a place to look forward to because of its perpetual beauty lurking behind its centuries-old pillars and decorated walls.
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Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nestled in the state of Maharashtra, Ellora Caves is the first and foremost destination for every enthusiast who is looking forward to capturing the architectural beauty of rock-cut monuments in the form of caves and temples. It is also home to the Kailasha Temple which is believed to the largest single monolithic rock-cut monument in the world.
Ellora Caves is a generally a complex of numerous cave temples dedicated to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Hence, it is one of the most visited places in India. With more than 100 caves, it stands as one of the largest rock-cut complexes in the world. How about a historic retreat at Ellora Caves?