Cave 6


Cave 6 is an ornate vihara with wonderful images of Tara, consort of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, and of Mahamayuri, the Buddhist goddess of learning, looking remarkably similar to Saraswati, her Hindu equivalent.

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1. Cave 7

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Cave 7 is an unadorned hall.

2. Cave 5

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Cave 5 is the largest vihara in this group, at 18m wide and 36m long; the rows of stone benches hint that it may once have been an assembly hall.

3. Buddhist Caves

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Calm and contemplation infuse the 12 Buddhist caves, which stretch to the south of Kailasa. All are Buddhist viharas (monasteries) used for study and…

4. Cave 8

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Cave 8 is the first cave in which the sanctum is detached from the rear wall.

5. Cave 4

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Cave 4 is unfinished and not well preserved.

6. Cave 3

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Cave 3 is unfinished and not well preserved.

7. Cave 9

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Cave 9, located above Cave 8, is notable for its wonderfully carved fascia.

8. Cave 10

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Cave 10 is the only chaitya in the Buddhist group and one of the finest in India. Its ceiling features ribs carved into the stonework; the grooves were…