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.
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.
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.
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.