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Ellora Festival

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Organized by the Maharashtra State Tourism Development Council (MTDC), the Ellora festival usually falls in the month of March and showcases some of the best talent in music and dance. With the stunning backdrop of the world famous Ellora caves, the festival witnesses the participation of some of the best names in music and dance and attracts hordes of tourists from within the country and abroad as well.

Traditions


The Ellora Caves are situated at a distance of 30 km from the city of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra.The caves that account for 34 in number have been declared a World Heritage by the United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Most of these caves date back to over 300 years in existence of different faiths like Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism and were excavated from 600 to 1000 AD.

More recently, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered 28 more caves nearby. All of these caves have been carved out of the sloping side of the Chamadri Hills. However, the magnum opus of all of the excavations is the Kailash Temple, a single monolithic structure, which is also considered as the World’s largest. It was sculpted by over 7000 labourers for over 150 years out of a single rock. Renowned musicians and dancers perform to some scintillating numbers with the culturally beautiful rock caves of Ellora as the backdrop, offering a visual treat to all those gathered.

Tourist Essential


Tourists can benefit by learning more about the history, culture and marvel at the elegance of the caves and other rock structures present. You can also bear witness to the world’s largest monolithic structure, the Kailash temple, and pay your respects. Musical and dance performances will definitely leave you spell bound.

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