Buddhist Cave Temple at Ellora, Interior

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Most famous of the Buddhist caves is a chaitya hall (chandrashala) or ‘Vishwakarma cave’, popularly known as the ‘Carpent Indiaer’s Cave’. Beyond its multi-storeyed entry is a cathedral-like stupa hall also known as chaitya, whose ceiling has been carved to give the impression of wooden beams. At the heart of this cave is a 15 foot statue of Buddha seated in a preaching pose.


India, Buddhism


A. Rosengarten, W. Collett-Sandars A Handbook of Architectural Styles (New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1895)


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