ellora.jpgIt is a festival of dance and music held in the splendid surroundings of the world-heritage listed cave temple of Ellora, about 30 km from Aurangabad, Maharashtra. There are 34 caves cut out of the sloping side of the Chamadri hills. Excavated between 600-1000 AD, the caves belong to Buddhists, Jain and Hindu faiths.

Ellora represents some 300 years of experiments carried out by different faiths with their very different iconography and structural compulsions.

ellora1.jpgThe archaeological Survey of India has discovered another 28 caves later. The masterpiece of Ellora is the Kailash Temple. It is the world s largest monolithic sculpture, sculpted out of a rock by 7000 labourers over a 150-year period.

This festival showcases the best talents and is a unique and charming way to experience the magnificent caves, imbibing centuries of history and culture. This Festival is organised by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) where India s renowned artists perform their talents in music and dance with the caves forming a splendid backdrop.

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