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She’s been in and out of caves all week. Not spelunking, but… oh, hell, I’ll let her tell you.

March 4:  Aurangabad, India

Flew to Mumbai and then to Aurangabad  – the first leg of my tour of India.  Today’s adventure was The Ellora Caves which are a mix of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain cave temples that were built between the 6th and 10th Centuries AD near the ancient Indian village of Ellora.

The caves  were carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills at time when Buddhism was declining in India and Hinduism was beginning to assert itself. As time progressed to the 10th Century, local rulers switched allegiance from Shaivism (Hinduism devoted to Shiva) to the Digambara sect of Jainism.

The coexistence of structures from three different religions serve as a symbol of religious tolerance in India. The Ellora Caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

More later, -jv (and Maxx)

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