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A Detailed Guide To The Ajanta Caves

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When the Vakataka emperor Harisena began his sumptuous cave in about 466, a little later than those of his courtiers and subjects, he had to locate it at the out-of-the-way eastern extremity of the site, where the rock was particularly flawed. Cave 1’s porch doorway is directly influenced by that of King Upendragupta’s Cave 17, which is hardly surprising, since only the royal caves were permitted to be underway during what we call the Recession the difficult years which finally ended in a destructive war (the Hiatus: 472 through 474) between the local king himself and his aggressive neighbors, the ominously victorious Asmakas. The impressive Cave 16, occupying the prime position at the very center of the site, and undertaken close to the very start of Ajanta’s renaissance, was the grand donation of the Vakataka prime minister Varahadeva.

Keywords: Ajanta; Asmakas; Hiatus; King Upendragupta; Vakataka emperor Harisena; Varahadeva



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