CAVE 19 AJANTA
Cave 19 is a magnificent chaitya hall, where monks could
circumambulate a stupa. from which emerges an image of the Buddha.
The elaborate facade is partially due to intrusive additions,
but was originally intended to be a magnificent
display. Paint still clings to the inner faces of the great arch. Buddhas
appear in profusion, and determining which were originally intended and
which are intrusive is a difficult task.
To one side of the wide entry-courtyard is a shrine to
the Nagaraja of the Waghora gorge, another tribute to the great local deity.
Inside, the cornice and pillar capitals are covered with
Buddhas. The various postures may make the Buddhas identifiable. The entire
interior was painted, including these elaborate carvings.
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