Being one of the top tourist spots of Maharashtra, the Ajanta cave paintings and the caves themselves have seen some decay over the years because of tourist invasion and some maintenance problems. However, the paintings from ancient times, made using different materials like cow dung and clay, painted in different colours like brown, yellow, black and white using many different techniques, makes this site a perfect place to relive history. The Ajanta cave paintings were done using a technique called Tempera. Most of the paintings tell stories of the Jataka tales involving the stages of becoming a Buddha and the life of Buddha.
Here are five pictures of Ajanta Cave paintings for you to admire before you plan your trip:
1. Bodhisattva PadmapaniA painting in cave number 1 of Ajanta caves, this is Buddha’s former existence portrayed as a painting. Cave number 1 of Ajanta caves is known for some of the most elaborate carvings and sculptures from the life of Gautam Buddha.
2. King Janaka & WifeThis is a painting of King Janaka of Videha sitting in the palace with his wife. He is seen to be talking to her and discussing why he wants to renounce his worldly life, live a life of solitude and lead to salvation.
3. The Painting of Persian AmbassadorA ceiling painting in cave number 1 of Ajanta caves, this one doesn’t talk about any particular religious story but is a general decorative motif that explains the importance of Persian culture in ancient India. The painting portrays a white-skinned Persian ambassador surrounded by dark-skinned native people.
4. Buddha PaintingsWith intricately beautiful paintings on the doorways, this painting in cave number 6 of Ajanta caves depicts different events in Buddha’s life. This double storey cave was used as a home to monks, even when it was incomplete and not entirely built. There is also a Buddha figure seated in this cave.
5. Doorway PaintingOne of the many doorway paintings in Ajanta caves, this one depicts scenes from kings and communities enjoying each others company eating and drinking wine in merriment.
These manually excavated caves have survived over 2,000 years now, and the paintings, murals and sculptures can still take you back in wonder. A haven for history buffs, photographers, architecture students, and tourists in general, the Ajanta caves are a perfect destination for one to understand and indulge in Indian art and culture.