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ajanta-caves-paintingsThe wall paintings at Ajanta were carved out as a result of the Buddhists and the Jain monks’ retreat for meditation and reflection during Indian monsoon season. Paintings at Ajanta seem to have started in the second century BC. Though some of the original paintings seem to have deteriorated, what still remains is a stunning manifestation of art with Buddha depiction ornamenting the pillars.

All the walls and the ceilings of the cave are covered with paintings. Symbolisms about forms of existence, life in hell and life in heaven, Gods, etc are depicted here. The ceilings usually have a simple circle with human figures inside it; the walls at Ajanta have a multiplicity of themes. In one of the verandas of the temple, is a painting depicting the ‘wheel of life’. It is known for its exquisite artistry and innate carvings. In this wheel, passion is depicted in the form of a turtledove, hate is depicted in the form of snake and delusion is depicted as a pig. These form the center of the painting. Painting analysts across the globe are still trying to decipher the painting, but they have not been fully successful at it. Moreover the paintings of the human world on the wheel are damaged and all that one can see is a few men conversing and some parts of the animal world.

In other paintings at Ajanta, Buddha is illustrated preaching to his mother Mahamaya and others in Tushita heaven. There is hardly any evidence or information about the artists of the Ajanta wall paintings. It is belived that due to the remoteness of the place, the artists came from all over the allied territories and the empire. Paintings at Ajanta are a retreat to the eyes and all ardent Indian paintings lovers must visit this magnanimous center of art atleast once! 

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