Video - In and Around Kailash Temple
Significance of the temple
There also the depiction of the demon Ravana shaking Mount Kailash which is considered as a masterpiece that contain the scenes of semi-mythological history, the royal court and popular life of the ancient times which are told in romances and plays. Some pictures here at the temple recall the Greek and Roman compositions and proportions, few late resemble to Chinese manners to some extent. But majority of the pictures belongs to a phase which is purely Indian as they are found no where else.
A very inspired sculptor began to carve images of Buddha himself and within the few generations, all the Buddhist sects took to worshipping images. The universe of Mahayana contains numerous Bodhisattava, the chief of whom is Avalokitesvara with attributes of compassion. He is also called Padmapani or the lotus bearer. The Manjushri with a naked sword in one hand stimulates the understanding. The sterner Bodhisattava who is a foe of the sin and evil and bearing a thunderbolt in the hand is Vajrapani. The future Buddha, Maitreya will take birth to save the world.
Who built the temple and when
The temple is located at Ellora caves which is the world's largest and most complicated rock cut architecture. Legends says that it took over hundreds of years to scoop out 200,000 tons of rocks to bring the temple in shape.
The walls of the temple are adorned with images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, several animals related to Hindu mythology, characters from Puranas, and various scenes from the two great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The construction of Kailash temple dates back to 8th century.
Within the courtyard there are two structures. As is traditional in Shiva temples, an image of the sacred bull Nandi fronts the central temple housing the lingam. In Cave 16, the Nandi Mandap and main Shiva temple are each about 7 meters high, and built on two storeys. The lower storey of the Nandi Mandap are both solid structures, decorated with elaborate illustrative carvings. The base of the temple has been carved to suggest that elephants are holding the structure aloft.
Time to VisitThe best time to visit Kailash Temple would be in December, when an Indian classical music festival is held at Ellora. Every December at the Kailash temple the MTDC organises the Ellora festival of music and dance at the Kailash Temple. Ellora is well connected by all means of transport. Accommodation is available at the hotels in Aurangabad.
Accommodation Facilities at the Temple
The Accomodation facilities are quite well available. The devotee can find number of hotels and lodges available in Ellora or in Aurangabad which is about just 30 kilometers away from the temple.
The hotels here range from luxury class to budget class with all extra amenities and good services for the tourists. During the festival time all the hotels and lodges would be full.
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How to Reach the Temple
- Through Airways - the Nearest airport is the Chikalthana which is at a distance of about 160 kilometers and is directly linked to Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur.
- Through Railways - the nearest station is the Aurangabad station which is at a distance of about 30 kilometers away from the Kailash temple.It is connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, and Bhopal.
- Through Roadways - to reach the temple, there are state transport buses and luxury buses available from Ellora to all the major cities of India.
- Aurangabad is connected to all major cities and towns by roads. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation daily runs ordinary and luxury buses from here to Mumbai (392 kms)
- Ellora is a place which is well connected to all the major cities of Maharashtra.