Ellora is also known as Ellooru. It is an archaeologic site which is 29km away from Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. Ellora depict the symbol of Indian rock cut architecture. In total there are 34 caves, 12 Buddhist caves, 17 Hindu caves and 5 Jain caves. Ellora is UNESCO world heritage site. It is protected site under the archaeological survey of India.
The Hindu caves
The Hindu caves were framed between the middle of 6th century to the end of 8th century. Caves between 17–29 were constructed during the Kalachuri period and 14 – 16 were constructed during Rashtrakuta period. The most magnificent cave is the cave no.16, which is also called Kailashnatha or Kailasa temple. This cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is said to be designed like Shiva’s residence at Mount Kailasha. It looks like a multi storey temple complex, but it was carved out of the single rock.