These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2
km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, not far
from Aurangabad, in Maharashtra. Ellora, with its uninterrupted sequence
of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, brings the civilization of
ancient India to life. Not only is the Ellora complex a unique artistic
creation and a technological exploit but, with its sanctuaries devoted
to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of
tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India.