One day, I'll see each of these places.
I've devoted myself to putting together this bucket list of places I will visit in the future. Each day will have a theme of one place in particular. It will start with one post of a particular place and a brief commentary of my own regarding my wish to visit that place, and then there will be various pictures of that place reblogged or shared from Flickr. 366 days this year because it's a leap year; 366 places. A link to previous days and their initial posts is below. I do not take credit for any of the pictures used; they will all be sourced. For questions about my main or other blogs, please send me a message.
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The Bhaja Caves of Maharashtra, India.
Bhaja contains about 29 rock-cut caves, which date back to the 2nd century BCE, and is described by the Archaeological Survey of India to be “one of the important Buddhist centres of Hinayana faith in Maharashtra.”
A prominent features of Bhaja is Cave 12, a chaitya-griha, pictured in the final photo, which is considered one of the earliest of its kind. The stupa at the back of the large apsidal hall was used for worship. Cave 20 contains a group of stupas, which were built in memory of deceased monks, and probably once contained their relics.
Cave 18 was a monastery, and its verandah contains two famous sculpted reliefs. One of these (pictured in the 2nd photo) is located to the left of the door. This artwork depicts a person riding an elephant (thought by some to be Indra) who carries an ankusa (elephant goad), with attendants aside the figure, carrying a banner. The second relief shows a royal personage aside two women. The royal figure (who some identify as Sun god Surya), rides a chariot driven by four horses, and appears to be trampling a demon-like figure.