Ellora (Marathi: वेरूळ) is an archaeological site, 30 km (19 mi) from the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra built by the Rashtrakuta (Kannada: ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಕೂಟ) rulers. Well-known for its monumental caves, Ellora is a World Heritage Site. Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 "caves" – actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills – being Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut templesand monasteries, were built between the 5th century and 10th century. The 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history. from Wikipedia
This was the first cave/temple we entered. It is so fabulous, and carved out of one huge rock, I wept.
On the way back to Aurangabad, we stopped at a handloom factory, where I got shawls and scarves to take back to California.
|We stayed at Krishna's brother's in Aurangabad. His son, Rahul, pictured here between Vijaya and Krishna, arranged this 'country' dinner for us. It was really enjoyable.|
|Here we are with Shanti, Krishna's brother and our gracious host in Aurangabad|
|We ate a grain that was roasted in this fire|
|Rahul's son, Mohan, with Vijaya|
|Krishna, Ashok (another brother), and Rahul's wife Meetha|
|Shaking the green berries off the branches|
|This is another party there - a group of women having a time away|
|A men's group nearby|