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UNESCO World Heritage Site : Cave 16, Ajanta ©Anupam

According to an inscription found here, the excavation of this cave was caused by Varahadeva, the minister of Vakataka king Harishena (circa A.D. 475-500). The cave (19.5 X 22.25 X 4.6 m) which is a monastery consists of a central hall surrounded by 14 cells on three sides, vestibule and a sanctum for Buddha image. The important painted themes depicted are the conversion of Nanda; Miracle of Sravasti; Maya’s dream; and certain incidents from the life of Buddha. The Jataka stories depicted are Hasti, Maha-ummagga, Maha-sutasoma. Painted inscriptions can also be noted inside the cave.

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  • Uploaded on January 28, 2012
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    by Anupam Mukherjee
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
    • Taken on 2011/12/21 12:53:35
    • Exposure: 2.500s
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash