Mar: अजिंठा ajiṇṭhā

‘Shiva’   [Achinta]  Caves/Archaeological site, Maharashtra.

The extraordinary Ajanta Caves feature rock-cut Buddhist monuments and paintings dating from 2ndC BCE to about the 5thC all set into a horsehoe 

Although locals knew of their existence they were ‘officially’ rediscovered by Captain Smith of the 28th Cavalry in 1819 while on a tiger hunt.

The caves were named after Achinta village [Skt: acintya, ‘inconceivable’ – a name for Shiva] -11km away; although Fardapur, only  6.5km away, is closer and they could easily have been called the Farda caves. There is also a village called Lenapura [‘Town of Caves’ from Mar: lēṇē, ‘(man-made or decorated) cave’, ‘rock-cut temple’]. 

See video: Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra [Amazing Places 4K]

For related place names see Indian Place names and Maharashtra place names.


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