7 things we bet you didn't know about the Ajanta Caves!

  • Ajanta Caves are one of the most impressive Buddhist monuments in India.
  • They are located just outside the village of Ajintha in Aurangabad district of the state of Maharashtra.
  • These caves are rock-cut and were built in 2nd century B.C. some very interesting facts about the caves.
  • - Ajanta caves were listed amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1983.
  • - Ajanta caves were discovered by an Army Officer in the Madras Regiment of the British Army in 1819.
  • - Ajanta caves are excavated in a horse shoe shaped rock surface.
  • - Ajanta caves date back to the pre-Christian era, with Cave 10 being the earliest, dating from the second century B.C
  • - The colors and shades used were red and yellow ochre, terra verte, lime, kaolin, gypsum, lamp black and lapis lazuli.
  • - The main binding material used in the paintings was glue.Thus, the paintings at Ajanta are not frescoes as they are painted with the help of a binding agent.
  • - The main theme of paintings in the caves is the illustration of various Jataka stories and events from the life of Buddha.

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