Ranked 14 among Places to Visit in Aurangabad
Time Required: 3 to 4 hours
The Kailasha or Kailashanatha temple is the largest monolithic rock-cut structure in the world located in cave 16 of Ellora Caves in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Carved out of single basalt rock from Charanandri Hills, it is one of the exceptional temples of India owing to its massive size, amazing architecture and mind-boggling carvings. With its intricate designs on panels, monolithic pillars and statues of animals and deities, Kailasa Temple is an engineering marvel perfect for history and architecture lovers.
Constructed in the 8th century under the direction of Krishna I, the temple is dedicated to Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. Associated with many legends, the temple stuns every visitor as only one rock has been carved immaculately using only traditional methods. Considered similar to Virupaksha temple of northern Karnataka, it was built in 18 years using 2,00,000 tonnes of rock.
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