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Ellora Cave Temples
Cave 3
Facade

Facade view of Cave 3 and also in view are caves 4 through 6. Cave 3 once had a deep porch leading into the interior through a central doorway, and fronted by a two pillared colonnade. An impressively wide monolithic staircase must have once had steps leading to the basin of the seasonal waterfall. This area in front shows remnants of a fine heavy molded basement, of a type commonly found in both Vakataka and Early Kalacuri prototypes. Outside the cave, at the left of the broken porch, there is an unusual pillared window; it is purely a recent cement reconstruction and totally inauthentic, except for the carved floral borders at the left.

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Sravasti miracle

At the left of the broken porch, there is an unusual pillared window. Nearby, there is a large Sravasti Miracle panel, with nagas below, while to its right on the adjacent wall there is an unfinished, and surely intrusive, small panel showing Avalokitesvara as Lord of Travelers.

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Sravasti miracle

At the left of the broken porch, there is an unusual pillared window. Nearby, there is a large Sravasti Miracle panel, with nagas below, while to its right on the adjacent wall there is an unfinished, and surely intrusive, small panel showing Avalokitesvara as Lord of Travelers.

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Seated Buddha.

Seated Buddha.

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Seated Buddha

Seated Buddha (incomplete).

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Main shrine doorway with bodhisattvas

The bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, with Amitabha in his jata mukuta and a long-stemmed lotus, and a presumed Maitreya, crowned and holding a delicate Nagakesara flower) stand to left and right of the shrine doorway.

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Main shrine standing Buddha image

As in Cave 2, two large standing Buddhas, along with attendant bodhisattvas flank the seated Buddha. Four kneeling devotees line the front edge of each sidewall here too, with a yaksha at the left but a flying figure at the right at the upper level.

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Main shrine doorway

The shrine doorway is plain on the outside, while inside the fittings have been cemented in on both top and bottom.

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Buddha in the main shrine

Seated Buddha in bhadrasana accompanied by standing Buddhas on either side walls.

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Standing Buddha in main shrine

As in Cave 2, two large standing Buddhas, along with attendant bodhisattvas flank the seated Buddha. Four kneeling devotees line the front edge of each sidewall here too, with a yaksha at the left but a flying figure at the right at the upper level.

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Standing Buddha in main shrine

As in Cave 2, two large standing Buddhas, along with attendant bodhisattvas flank the seated Buddha. Four kneeling devotees line the front edge of each sidewall here too, with a yaksha at the left but a flying figure at the right at the upper level.

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Main shrine doorway with bodhisattvas

The bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, with Amitabha in his jata mukuta and a long-stemmed lotus, and a presumed Maitreya, crowned and holding a delicate Nagakesara flower) stand to left and right of the shrine doorway.

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Facade with window

Facade view of Cave 3 and also in view are caves 4 through 6. Cave 3 once had a deep porch leading into the interior through a central doorway, and fronted by a two pillared colonnade. An impressively wide monolithic staircase must have once had steps leading to the basin of the seasonal waterfall. This area in front shows remnants of a fine heavy molded basement, of a type commonly found in both Vakataka and Early Kalacuri prototypes. Outside the cave, at the left of the broken porch, there is an unusual pillared window; it is purely a recent cement reconstruction and totally inauthentic, except for the carved floral borders at the left.

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Facade with columns

Pillar details in the facade of Cave 3.

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Facade with columns

Facade view of Cave 3 and also in view are caves 4 through 6. Cave 3 once had a deep porch leading into the interior through a central doorway, and fronted by a two pillared colonnade. An impressively wide monolithic staircase must have once had steps leading to the basin of the seasonal waterfall. This area in front shows remnants of a fine heavy molded basement, of a type commonly found in both Vakataka and Early Kalacuri prototypes. Outside the cave, at the left of the broken porch, there is an unusual pillared window; it is purely a recent cement reconstruction and totally inauthentic, except for the carved floral borders at the left.

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Facade - general view

Facade view of Cave 3 and also in view are caves 4 through 6. Cave 3 once had a deep porch leading into the interior through a central doorway, and fronted by a two pillared colonnade. An impressively wide monolithic staircase must have once had steps leading to the basin of the seasonal waterfall. This area in front shows remnants of a fine heavy molded basement, of a type commonly found in both Vakataka and Early Kalacuri prototypes. Outside the cave, at the left of the broken porch, there is an unusual pillared window; it is purely a recent cement reconstruction and totally inauthentic, except for the carved floral borders at the left.

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Hypostyle hall

The pillars of its hypostyle, their purnaghata capitals often unfinished, and only the center pairs at front and rear having dwarfs on their bases, are cruder in design than the examples in Cave 2.

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Hypostyle hall

The pillars of its hypostyle, their purnaghata capitals often unfinished, and only the center pairs at front and rear having dwarfs on their bases, are cruder in design than the examples in Cave 2.

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Hypostyle hall

The pillars of its hypostyle, their purnaghata capitals often unfinished, and only the center pairs at front and rear having dwarfs on their bases, are cruder in design than the examples in Cave 2. Also seen in this picture is the main shrine at the rear wall.

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passage in the main hall

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Pillar detail in hypostyle hall

The pillars of its hypostyle, their purnaghata capitals often unfinished, and only the center pairs at front and rear having dwarfs on their bases, are cruder in design than the examples in Cave 2 as seen in this image.

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Pillar detail

The pillars of its hypostyle, their purnaghata capitals often unfinished, and only the center pairs at front and rear having dwarfs on their bases, are cruder in design than the examples in Cave 2 as seen in this image.

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Main shrine doorway

The bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, with Amitabha in his jata mukuta and a long-stemmed lotus, and a presumed Maitreya, crowned and holding a delicate Nagakesara flower) stand to left and right of the shrine doorway.

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Outside the cave, at the left of the broken porch, there is an unusual pillared window; it is purely a recent cement reconstruction and totally inauthentic, except for the carved floral borders at the left (shown in this image).

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