Kailash Temple Ellora

Kailash Temple Ellora
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

Kailash Temple, Ellora, Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Open & Close:

Open on all days except Tuesday

Timings:

06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry Fees:

INR 10 – for Indian
USD 10 – for Foreigner

Duration:

1-2 hour

Significance:

UNESCO World Heritage Site; Largest monolithic monument; Dedicated to Lord Shiva

Ellora Caves is a cluster of thirty two caves belonging to three religions -Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Some of them are temples and rest monasteries. The Kailash Temple, the most magnificent work of art in Ellora, is the largest monolithic structure in the world. It was constructed under the auspices of Rashtrakut king Krishna between 756 AD and 773 AD. It is believed that King Krishna was highly captivated by the Virupaksha Temple at Pattadakal in the Badami district of Karnataka. Therefore, the Kailasa Temple carved out of the living rock on the model of that temple. The work was commenced in the eighth century and is a master-piece of human ingenuity and skill. On the basis of the size, sculptural finesse and rock-type, the archaeologists conjectured that it would have taken minimum hundred years to complete the Kailash Temple construction but, in actuality, to the amazement of even technologically equipped modern age engineers, it was completed in merely eighteen years. The temple as the name indicates is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The Kailash Temple has been brought to present shape by chiseling out a rock-hill from top to down and removing 4, 00,000 tonnes of rock in the process. It resembles the Mount Kailash, the perennial abode of Lord Shiva. The archaeologists still wonder that how the then builders could get aerial view of and identically carve out like Mount Kailash. In its heydays, the temple was covered by white plaster connoting ice. The temple stands in the midst of a court-yard, the whole having been cut out of rock. There are two huge elephants in the court-yard, beautifully sculptured. On each side of the court there is also a square pillar or ensign staff, roughly 45 feet in height. The temple proper, which rises in the middle of this court-yard, measures 164 feet from east to west and 109 feet from north to south. The outer wall of the south stairway is filled with scenes sculptured in stone from the great epic Ramayana, and the north wall is adorned with similar sculptures illustrating the other epic, the Mahabharata. The Kailash Temple is home to the largest cantilevered rock ceiling in the world. There is a huge Shivalingam in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

Sixteenth number cave is the location of the Kailash Temple. Historians emphatically claim that this temple is the earliest structure among all the caves in Ellora but the architecture & sculpture of Kailash Temple is the most advance. In an unfinished cave on the south side of the court, there is to be found a sculptural representation of Ravan lifting the Kailash. The sculpture is full of life and is an interesting predecessor of the similar magnificent carving found in Elephanta caves. The walls in the corridor of the temple contain profuse sculptures, of which those representing the Mothers of Creation may be mentioned. The temple, constructed out of a solid mass of rock left standing after the court-yard was excavated, is a double-storied structure of elaborate workmanship. The interior decorations consist of huge statues of elephants, lions, griffins and others in various attitudes and action, and the temple itself abounds in handsome pillars, shrines and pavilions. The temple seems to have been once covered over with paintings, hence its other name Rang Mahal or Painted Palace, but there are now left only very poor vestiges of the coloured grandeur.

The temple has withstood the ravages of weather and barbaric Islamic rulers like Alauddin Khilji & Aurangzeb. In 1682 AD, Aurangzeb had sent one thousand men to destroy the Kailash Temple but even after three years of efforts, they could not demolish it.

Ellora Tour Packages

Exotic India Tour

Exotic India Tour

19 Nights / 20 Days
Destination : Delhi- Varanasi-Khajuraho-Agra-Jaipur-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Mumbai-Ajanta Ellora- Mahabalipuram- Puducherri- Tanjore- Madurai- Kumarakom - Cochin

 Best of India Tour

Best of India Tour

25 Nights / 26 Days
Destination : Mumbai- Udaipur- Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Nagaur-Pushkar-Jaipur- Agra- Gwalior- Orchha-Khajuraho- Varanasi-Ajanta - Ellora-Kovalam- Alleppey - Cochin

Incredible India Tour

Incredible India Tour

18 Nights / 19 Days
Destination : Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho – Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhpur - Udaipur – Mumbai - Ajanta - Ellora – Goa

Central India Cultural Heritage Tour

Central India Cultural Heritage Tour

11 Nights / 12 Days
Destination : Delhi – Bhopal – Bhimbetka- Sanchi- Udaygiri-Ujjain – Maheshwar – Mandu – Omkareshwar – Burhanpur – Ajanta- Aurangabad – Ellora-Mumbai

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