Published: October 18th 2008September 3rd 2007
- Kailash Temple , also Kailasanatha Temple is one of the 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, that were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff in the complex located at Ellora, and represents the essence of Indian rock-cut architecture. It is designed to recall Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva.While it exhibits typical Dravidian features, it was carved out of one single rock. It was built in the 8th century by the Rashtrakuta king Krishna I.
It is estimated that about 200,000 tons of rocks was scooped out over hundreds of years to construct this monolithic structure. From the chisel marks on walls of this temple, archaeologists could conclude that three types of chisels were used to carve this temple.
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