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Ellora Festival in India

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Introduction
Ellora FestivalsThe Ellora Festival, organised by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), tries to relive the glorious past and the brilliant architecture of the ancient times. The festival enlivens a timeless tradition that India is widely known for.

Venue
The splendid festival of Ellora is celebrated in the exquisite surroundings of the Ellora caves (30 km from Aurangabad) in the state of Maharashtra.

Time of the Year
The festival falls in the third week of the month of March.

History
Excavated between 600 and 1000 AD, the Ellora caves are 34 in number. The cave complex represents three different faiths- Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. Spreading over an area of 1 mile ( 2 km), the Ellora caves are carved out of basaltic cliffs. The Hindu caves bear the most elaborate designs. Cave 16 is called Kailasa due to its location in the Kailas range of the Himalayas. In this cave resides the Hindu God Shiva. This cave was built during the rule of Krishna I ( about 756- 773). The Kailasa cave is known all over for its splendid architecture and its exquisite workmanship. Cave 12 represents Buddhism and is also known as Tintala (three-storeyed). The most fascinating fact about the cave is that this 3-storey structure has been created out of a solid rock.


Celebration
The Ellora Festival is an inseparable part of the tradition and culture that comes to life while one visits the magnificent caves of the ancient times. Far-famed musicians from all parts pour into the place in large number to take part and to enjoy the unique and exclusive ambience that the festival puts forth. The festival imparts life to the age-old history and culture of the place. Renowned artists from across the country gather to amaze the visitors and travellers by their astounding performances. The mesmerising Kailasa Temple, carved out of a single huge rock serves as a perfect backdrop to scene of the festival.




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