Cave No. 1 / गुफा क़. 1
The doorframe and pillars were beautifully carved. Every inch of this cave was originally painted, even the pillars and the sculptures being no exceptions. The ceiling painted with geometrical, floral and faunal depictions, creats an impression of a decorative shamiyana held above. The walls painted mostly with the Jataka tales and scenes related to Lord Buddha's life. The cave contains some of the masterpieces of the world of painting namely Padmapani and Vajrapani.
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Erected by Archaeological Survey of India, Aurangabad Circle.
More about this marker. The marker is located at the entrance to the first cave north of the visitor center for the Ajanta Caves.
Also see . . . Ajanta Caves (Wikipedia). "The Ajanta Caves are 30 (approximately) rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India. The caves include paintings and rock-cut sculptures described as among the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art, particularly expressive paintings that present emotions through gesture, pose and form.... According to UNESCO, these are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art that influenced the Indian art that followed. The caves were built in two phases, the first phase starting around the 2nd century BCE, while the second phase was built around 400–650 CE, according to older accounts, or in a brief period of 460–480 CE according to later scholarship. The site is a protected monument in the care of the Archaeological Survey of India, and since 1983, the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site." (Submitted on January 14, 2020.)
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