As the title indicates this week’s photo challenge asks us to find inspiration from curved structures- either natural or man-made.
My mind immediately went back to my visit to Ajanta and Ellora Caves (in Maharashtra, India) earlier this year. The photographs below are from Cave 10 at Ellora. What is really special about these caves are that not only were the structures literally scooped out from inside the mountain but that when you look at them you literally can’t believe that they weren’t built with stones and concrete.
Cave 10 is a massive two storied cave that is dated to about the 7th Century CE.It is a Buddhist cave with a large statue of Buddha (over 10 feet in height) sitting under the Bodhi tree (depicted by the arch behind the statue).
The most spectacular feature of the hall is its ribbed vaulting. The curved structure of the hall produces a lot of echoes. In ancient times this would have been used for prayer. One can imagine how solemn it would have been to hear the monks chanting, their voices doubled and trebled by the stones.