By Rajesh Singh
This publication offers the most recent and up to date information regarding the Ajanta caves, their histories, and painted topics. For the 1st time, a publication accommodates—within the gap of a unmarried volume—many dimensions and elements of the caves. It comprises the latest
- examine by means of the writer at the sluggish improvement of the caves.
- historic framework formulated by way of Walter M. Spink.
- identifications of the narrative work via Dieter Schlingloff.
- identifications of the devotional and decorative work by way of Monika Zin.
- summaries of approximately the entire narrative work (84 stories).
- corpus of photograph documentation at the work, sculptures, and architecture.
- test on lengthy publicity images in poorly lit conditions.
Nontechnical language is used to aid the scholars, visitors, and normal readers take hold of the wonder and complexities of Ajanta and the days. while the content material is so packed, and the problems mentioned in the sort of demeanour, as to maintain the readers with complicated curiosity engaged.
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Vibhajjavada 1. Mahishasaka (after 232 bCE) 2. dharmaguptaka (after 232 bCE) 3. Kashyapiya (after 232 bCE) 4. Theravada (ca. 240 bCE) Mahaviharavasin Abhayagirivasin Jetavaniyas II. MAHASAMGHIKA OR MAHASANGHIKA A. Kaukkutika 1. bahushrutiya (late 3rd c. bCE) 2. Prajnaptivada (late 3rd c. bCE) B. Ekavyavaharika or Lokottaravada C. Caitya D. Purvashaila E. Aparashaila III. MAHAYANA SCHOOLS OF BUDDHISM A. Yogachara B. Madhyamaka 34 Ghatotkacha cave, front aisle, right corner: a stupa shrine with Buddha and yaksha images.
Thus, the context up to ca. 465 CE may be called as shailagrihams or layanams. 12 Cave 26 patronised by Monk Buddhabhadra mandapa The word ‘mandapa’—literally, a ‘pavilion’—as mentioned in the inscriptions of caves 16, 20, etc. basically meant a pavilion, secular or sacred. Since the Buddha frequently sat in a mandapa—as depicted in Buddhist literature, seen in Ajanta paintings, and evident in the architectural basis of the Ajanta caves that follows the idea of the mandapa—the word gradually appears to have acquired the connotation of a Buddha temple.
50 Cave 19, longitudinal section (source: Fergusson and Burgess 1880) There was no provision for any shrine, side-shrine, and pil-lared chamber. No cell or pillared chamber was planned in the forecourt areas. Side doors opening into the aisles were not planned either. The side walls of the porch were planned to be blank, without any cells. In short, the standard plan was very much like that of Cave 12 of the Satavahana period, which possibly had a pillared porch, but which did not survive the ravages of time.
An Introduction to the Ajanta Caves: With Examples of Six Caves by Rajesh Singh