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Ellora Cave Temples
Cave 5


Buddhist rock-cut cave architecture at Ellora. This photograph shows caves 1 through 9.

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General view

General view of caves 2 through 5.

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Small shrine

Small shrine to the left as one enters the cave

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Bodhisattva at the main shrine entrance

Two bodhisattvas that flank the shrine entrance stand stiffly in their arched niches between haloed female attendants on either side. Avalokitesvara (seen in this image) has the expected jata headdress, with a seated Buddha at its front, along with rosary, long-stemmed lotus, and an antelope skin.

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Bodhisattva at the main shrine entrance

Two bodhisattvas that flank the shrine entrance stand stiffly in their arched niches between haloed female attendants on either side. Avalokitesvara at the left has the expected jata headdress, with a seated Buddha at its front, along with rosary, long-stemmed lotus, and an antelope skin. The right bodhisattva (seen here) has a stupa in his crown, and holds the nagakesara flower.

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1 of 3>>Buddha - main shrine

The main image in the central shrine at the rear of the cave is attended by the bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, characteristically at the left, with his jata headdress (but containing a stupa, not a Buddha image), antelope skin, and lotus. The other figure, (presumably) Maitreya, is crowned, again with a stupa carved at its front. The throne is elaborate, with birds' heads and rich scrolls emerging from the roiling makaras at the top. Large flying figures fill the space overhead.

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<<2 of 3>>Seated Buddha - main shrine

The main image in the central shrine at the rear of the cave is attended by the bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, characteristically at the left, with his jata headdress (but containing a stupa, not a Buddha image), antelope skin, and lotus. The other figure, (presumably) Maitreya, is crowned, again with a stupa carved at its front. The throne is elaborate, with birds' heads and rich scrolls emerging from the roiling makaras at the top. Large flying figures fill the space overhead.

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Cistern

The first cell at the left of the cave entrance appears to have been converted into a cistern instead of a monk cell since it is extremely deep.

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Facade

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General view

General view of caves 3 through 5 with a view of the cell to the right of the main facade - curiously, no steps lead to this cell. Evidence of a space that had been reserved for a Buddha image is quite obvious and what remains is ruinous bodhisattvas at the sides and still uncut converging figures above.

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General view

General view of caves 3 through 5.

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General view

General view of caves 3 through 5 with a view of the cell to the right of the main facade - curiously, no steps lead to this cell. Evidence of a space that had been reserved for a Buddha image is quite obvious and what remains is ruinous bodhisattvas at the sides and still uncut converging figures above.

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Pilaster

Pilaster in the cave facade with flying couple.

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Main prayer hall

Cave 5 is particularly interesting because of its unusual plan and size-it is over thirty-five meters from front to back. Like its earlier counterparts at Kanheri and Bagh, it has long parallel carved benches running down its center, almost certainly for the kind of ritual recitations that still take place in similarly planned Himalayan monasteries today. Indeed, the parallel beams under the pillars are equally high, probably since they could have served for seating as well.

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Main prayer hall

Cave 5 is particularly interesting because of its unusual plan and size-it is over thirty-five meters from front to back. Like its earlier counterparts at Kanheri and Bagh, it has long parallel carved benches running down its center, almost certainly for the kind of ritual recitations that still take place in similarly planned Himalayan monasteries today. Indeed, the parallel beams under the pillars are equally high, probably since they could have served for seating as well.

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Purnaghata pillar

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Aisle

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Main prayer hall - nave

Cave 5 is particularly interesting because of its unusual plan and size-it is over thirty-five meters from front to back. Like its earlier counterparts at Kanheri and Bagh, it has long parallel carved benches running down its center, almost certainly for the kind of ritual recitations that still take place in similarly planned Himalayan monasteries today. Indeed, the parallel beams under the pillars are equally high, probably since they could have served for seating as well.

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View of monk cells from main prayer hall

Cave 5 is particularly interesting because of its unusual plan and size-it is over thirty-five meters from front to back. Like its earlier counterparts at Kanheri and Bagh, it has long parallel carved benches running down its center, almost certainly for the kind of ritual recitations that still take place in similarly planned Himalayan monasteries today. Indeed, the parallel beams under the pillars are equally high, probably since they could have served for seating as well.

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Columns in the main hall

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Main prayer hall

Cave 5 is particularly interesting because of its unusual plan and size-it is over thirty-five meters from front to back. Like its earlier counterparts at Kanheri and Bagh, it has long parallel carved benches running down its center, almost certainly for the kind of ritual recitations that still take place in similarly planned Himalayan monasteries today. Indeed, the parallel beams under the pillars are equally high, probably since they could have served for seating as well.

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Side-shrine (left)

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Side-shrine (right)

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Doorway detail

The doorway of the side-shrine of Cave 5 has three holes inside at the top to peg on a beam set into the shallow recess. The doorways of the associated cells also appear to have had beams affixed with pins or pegs to related slots.

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Side-shrine

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Pillar

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Bodhisattvas at the main shrine entrance

Two bodhisattvas that flank the shrine entrance stand stiffly in their arched niches between haloed female attendants on either side. Avalokitesvara at the left has the expected jata headdress, with a seated Buddha at its front, along with rosary, long-stemmed lotus, and an antelope skin. The right bodhisattva has a stupa in his crown, and holds the nagakesara flower.

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Bodhisattva

The main image in the central shrine at the rear of the cave is attended by bodhisattva Maitreya to the right. Maitreya is shown crowned with a stupa carved at its front.

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Bodhisattva

The main image in the central shrine at the rear of the cave is attended by the bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, characteristically at the left, with his jata headdress (but containing a stupa, not a Buddha image), antelope skin, and lotus as seen in the image.

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Doorway detail

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Doorway detail

The doorway of the side-shrine of Cave 5 has three holes inside at the top to peg on a beam set into the shallow recess. The doorways of the associated cells also appear to have had beams affixed with pins or pegs to related slots.

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Doorway detail

Detail showing the slot on the floor for the beam for the doorway.

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Doorway

The shrine doorway of the side-shrine of Cave 5 has three holes inside at the top to peg on a beam set into the shallow recess. The doorways of the associated cells also appear to have had beams affixed with pins or pegs to related slots.

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Later intrusive images on the wall

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Pillar

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Side-shrine (right)

A view of the side-shrine from the main prayer hall.

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Bodhisattva at the main shrine entrance

Two bodhisattvas that flank the shrine entrance stand stiffly in their arched niches between haloed female attendants on either side. Avalokitesvara at the left (seen here) has the expected jata headdress, with a seated Buddha at its front, along with rosary, long-stemmed lotus, and an antelope skin. The right bodhisattva has a stupa in his crown, and holds the nagakesara flower.

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<<3 of 3Seated Buddha - main shrine

The main image in the central shrine at the rear of the cave is attended by the bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, characteristically at the left, with his jata headdress (but containing a stupa, not a Buddha image), antelope skin, and lotus. The other figure, (presumably) Maitreya, is crowned, again with a stupa carved at its front. The throne is elaborate, with birds' heads and rich scrolls emerging from the roiling makaras at the top. Large flying figures fill the space overhead.

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Small shrine

Small shrine to the left as one enters the cave. The two pillars in front are all but gone.

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