Lesser Known Aurangabad Caves Tour, Maharashtra

The lesser known Aurangabad caves is a worthy prelude to the well known Ajanta and Ellora caves. Situated at a distance of nine kilometers from Aurangabad, they can be easily accessed by the local modes of transport there.This post has everything you need to know about Aurangabad Caves in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Aurangabad Caves Tour
Aurangabad Caves Tour

It took approximately 2 hours to complete Aurangabad Caves Tour. Thirteen caves here lie scattered on two sides of a mountain and are in two sets; the eastern set and the western set, separated by a distance of one and half kilometers. First set are the incomplete set of caves with old-fashioned pillars and obscure ornamentation. You can hire a taxi to cover this distance to save time and energy. We did that.

Aurangabad caves too are not natural caves, but are carved out of mountains with primitive tools. Buddhists residing here then chiseled these cave temples between 6th and the 8th centuries.

The caves here have sculptural works which ranks with the best in India. Unfortunately these set of caves are not in the UNESCO world heritage list. So nobody is pouring in money for the maintenance and that explains the pitiful state of the caves here.


Statues in Aurangabad Caves Photographs

The pictures below …Bodhisatva Padmapani (Lotus in Hand), a demi-god with a crown encircled by snakeheads, and female figures… there are many such figures with elaborate head dresses, necklaces and some are with garlands in hand.

 

 

 

 

 

This picture is the world famous sculpture panel of a dancer with her troupe.

Thousands of wooden constructions in our country have yielded to decay, while sculptures of the time-defying rock have withstood decay for centuries. But will these stone compositions be able to withstand the vandalism and looting that is going on here unchecked?

The cells which may have served as the living quarters of the monks, one of them had a stone bed too.
Most common theme in these caves, Buddha seated in a preaching posture flanked by Boddhisatva Vajrpani (thunderbolt in hand) on the right and Padmapani on the left and celestial beings hovering over his shoulder. I found this in two other places too.

Other impressive sculptures were these.

 

 

 

 

 

Richly carved columns…


With time these precious sculptures will vanish, but until then everybody should visit these timeless wonders at least once.

Location of Aurangabad Caves

The Aurangabad Caves are located between the Satara and Sihyachal range of hills in Aurangabad. And it is just 2 km from the famous ‘Bibi Ka Maqbara’,

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24 Responses

  1. Such lovely photographs of such a wonderful place. Our own country has so much to offer in terms of artistic and architectural wonders – not to mention the natural ones – one lifetime will never be enough to take them all in.

  2. WoW…some very beautifully captured shots form this place. It is lovely viewing the architecture of this place through your lens….wonderful!

  3. G’day from Australia – I came here through your link on Flyingstars.

    Having grown up in India, I wish I had enough time to see EVERYTHING in that amazing country.

    That second shot is a beautiful perspective.

  4. Raji, I feel the same too!

    Thanks, Kalyan.

    Good day to you too, David Mcmohan! You can always revisit us. Thanks.

  5. shubd says:

    Hi Indrani
    I hv visited the caves but once . But their beauty is etched in my mind . You hv some very beautiful pics . It truly is a wonderful place of unimaginably fascinating art. I do hope more is done to conserve it.
    Great travelogue.

  6. Reminded me of some rock cut caves I’ve seen in Udaygiri in Madhya Pradesh.

    Lovely shots.

  7. Wow what an amazing place. Thanks for the link, Much appreciated!

  8. d pilankar says:

    Thanks for letting us know. It very much looks like Kanheri Caves in Mumbai. Your photos are amazing.

  9. Thanks, Indrani, for exploring these caves and describing them beautifully. It’s very sad that no one is paying attention to to it because it’s not in UNESCO heritage list.

  10. Amazing Sculptures.. Beautiful clicks Ma’am 🙂

  11. Seems like very ancient ones.. Beautiful capture dear 🙂

  12. CEagle says:

    Wow ! Did not know about this. What to name to tell to local taxi person? If we say “aurangabad caves” is that sufficient or there is any specifiec name to this place?

    Thanks in advance.

  13. This kinda caves are repositories of the past. Very well captured

  14. Sapana says:

    I have seen these caves in school days. Its beautiful.

  15. Why is it lesser known? Compared to Ajantha?

  16. dNambiar says:

    Sad state of affairs, I see. These are places that need to be preserved as they are showcases of ancient Indian art and architecture. Let’s hope something will be done before it is too late.

  17. They are most beautiful ! Sadly we are fast losing lots of sites like this thanks to the lack of preservation and maintenance.

  18. Kala Ravi says:

    Brilliant place! You’ve captured some lovely shots of this historic treasure. I am planning to visit Ajanta-Ellora this October, so this post is really egging me on 🙂

  19. Anupam says:

    The sculptor works are so evocative. Hope the people concerned realize the worth of saving these.

  20. amsang says:

    We had visited this place during school days as a part of educational trip. It was a nice experience, though now forgotten in the cobwebs of memory.

  21. divsi says:

    Living in Maharashtra since so many years and still haven’t visited these. Great pics Indrani! 🙂

  22. Sachin says:

    The Chalukyas and Rashtrakuta style if Architecture .. 🙂

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