Buddhism in India
Mahayana Buddhism
5th - 12th cent AD

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Indian Mahayana Buddhism

427 - 1197AD

Ruins of Nalanda University, 427 - 1197AD
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Nalada was a Buddhist university from 427 AD to 1197 AD partly under the Pala Empire.It was established 450 AD under the patronage of the Gupta emperors, notably Kumaragupta. In 1193. Sacked by Turkic Muslim invaders under Bakhtiyar Khilji;was a milestone in the decline of Buddhism in India.

A Group of Tibetan Buddhists meditating at Nalanda
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Ellora Caves, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain
5th - 11th cent AD

In contradistinction to Ajanta the famous Ellora caves are ornamented with purely sculptural decorations. They comprise vihayas which served Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain monastic congrations. Like in the other early cave sanctuaries, the caves are entirely man-made.

Buddhist Caves 1-12 at the southern end are the earliest
5th - 7th cent AD

The Buddhist caves were the earliest structures, created between the 5th and 7th cent. These consist mostly of viharas or monasteries

Vishvakarma Cave 10. The most famous Buddhist chaitya 700 AD
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Hindu Rashtrakuta Caves 13-29
8th-10th cent AD

The first Hindu caves were constructed in the beginning of the 8th century by the Rashtrakutas. The Shaivite Cave 16, the Kailasa or Kailasanatha, is the unrivaled centerpiece of Ellora. Designed to recall Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva – it looks like a freestanding, it was entirely carved out of the standing rock.

Kailasa Temple from above 8th cent
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In the deep canyons of the Kailasa Temple.
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Columns and sculptural detail
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Shiva and Parvati fending off Ravana
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Jain Caves 30-34 are the youngest caves in Ellora
9th - 11 cent AD

They reflect the Jain inclination to asceticism, and contain exceptional sculptural carvings.

A late Jain carving.
Photo from a Diana Criswell, Sacred Destinations