The Ellora Caves are acclaimed to ranking monument in the world-heritage list in the world. They are located about 30 km from Aurangabad. The major attraction of these caves is The Kailash Temple that is the splendour of the creator. This temple is considered the world’s largest and immense sculpture that has the ideal blend of both Hindu and Jain faiths.
Dating from 500 to 750 AD The Buddhist caves, also called Vishvakarma caves are assumed the earliest of the Ellora Caves. All remaining Cave 10 are viharas which were used for study, meditation, communal traditions, eating and sleeping. The caves become gradually better and more highly decorated as they progress to the north that scholars have described by the rising need to compete with Hinduism for patronage.
During the 6th and 10th centuries, the caves at Ellora were beautifully carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. The construction of the carving began around 550 AD. Among all other monuments, The Brahmanical movement was especially powerful under the patronage of the Chalukya and Rashtrakuta kings. The magnificent Kailasa Temple built in the 700sthat was considered a masterpiece of erstwhile era.
The last period in the 10th century, number of building activity took place, when the local rulers changed loyalty from Shaivism (Hinduism devoted to Shiva) to the Digambara sect of Jainism.the structure of these caves serve a imposing visual representation of the religious influence, however, top-rated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.