The Ajanta Caves: Ancient Temples Carved from Rock

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Reposted from: Kuriositas

Two thousand two hundred years ago work began on an extensive series of cave monuments in Maharashtra, India.  Over a period of hundreds of years, thirty one monuments were hewn piece by piece from the rock face.  Then, some speculate around the year 1000AD, they fell in to disuse.  Dense jungle grew around, hiding the caves away from human eyes.

They Ajanta caves lay undisturbed for hundreds of years.  Then, in April 1819, during the time of the British Raj, an officer with the unassuming name of John Smith came rediscovered a doorway to one of the temples.  He had been hunting tiger – something of which many would disapprove today but his next step was disrespectful in the extreme.  He vandalised one of the walls with his name and the date, something which…

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