The UNESCO World Heritage site The Kailasa Temple of Ellora stands unique with its extraordinary carvings that were not even possible to sculpt by machines even today. The valley has 34 caves and subterranean tunnels that interconnect various historical spots. The Kailasa temple is numbered as cave 16 while other temples in the valley include the temples of Jain Tirthankaras and Bauddharamas.

200,000 tons of volcanic rock has been moved out this valley from top to down as they carved this temple. It is still a mystery that how such an architectural single stone marvel was possible by hammers and chisels that did vertical excavation proves the ancients does have some other solutions to brings this into shape.

The Temple has no distinct origin as there’s no proper inscription found near by but the archaeologists believe that the temple was commenced by The Rashtrakuta Ruler, Krishna I in the 7th century. The Vadodara inscription somehow seemed to support this as this rashtrakuta ruler commenced this temple that came to the notice of Gods and the divine architect, praised the builders for their genius ability. But, the inscription doesn’t attribute to a specific timeline so this Krishna Raja might not be the ruler of Rashtrakuta but a more ancient King. But the Krishna I does built the other temples and made some renovations to this temple by bringing sculptors who built the Virupaksha temple of Hampi.

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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