The Ellora Caves of Maharashtra, India are worthy of Sunday spiritual contemplation. Adorned with the patina of age and beautiful shades of gray, religious tolerance was delicately carved from Earth’s foundational rock.
There are 34 rock-cut Buddhist, Hindu and Jain temples and monasteries from 7th to 10th centuries at Ellora. The most amazing is Cave 16: the Kailasa Temple (Kailasha, Kailash, Kailasanatha). It is the largest monument in the world cut from monolithic rock, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
According to UNESCO: “These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff… Not only is the Ellora complex a unique artistic creation and a technological exploit but, with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India.”
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Religious Tolerance of the Ancients