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Interesting Facts About Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

Ellora is the most important ancient rock-cut architecture in India located near Aurangabad in Maharashtra state. There are 34 monasteries and temples, largely produced during the reign of the Kalachuri dynasty in the 6th and 7th centuries CE. Ellora caves are declared UNESCO world heritage site.
These 34 Ellora caves includes 12 Buddhist caves, 17 Hindu temples and 5 Jain temples.
Cave 16 is most remarkable cave temple, known as the Kailasa Temple. It is a particularly notable cave temple in India as a result of its size, architecture and having been entirely carved out of a single rock. The Kailasa Temple was excavated downward from a basaltic slope and is therefore largely exposed to sunlight.