Kailasa - monolithic construction

Kailasa - monolithic construction

Kailasa - monolithic construction

Sculptural friezes from Ellora

Kailasa - monolithic construction

Kailasa - monolithic construction

Kailasa - monolithic construction

Kailasa Temple - Aurangabad-India - (08-03-2015)

Kailasa – monolithic construction – Hindu temple

Kailasa – monolithic construction – Hindu temple – The most beautiful of all buildings in Ellora. Which is the world’s largest monolithic (i.e. made of one stone) structure carved in rocks.

It is dedicated to the god Shiva, one of the three highest gods of Hinduism, next to Brahma and Vishnu.

7000 people worked on it for 150 years. During the construction of Kailasa, 200 000 tons of stone were required to be mined. The temple is situated in a courtyard carved in the rocks. It measures 55 x 36 meters and is 33 meters high. The lower part of the temple, eight meters high, consists of giant statues of elephants and lions. During work, the builders did not use scaffolding, the stone was mined from top to bottom.

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