The Duke of Edinburgh was garlanded by Scouts on arrival at Aurangabad Airport, north west of Bombay, Jan 29, for a tour of the Ellora and Ajanta religious caves.
The Duke of Edinburgh was garlanded by Scouts on arrival at Aurangabad Airport, north west of Bombay, Jan 29, for a tour of the Ellora and Ajanta religious caves. He was driven by car to Ellora where he planted a commemoratory tree.
The crescent shaped rock formation of Ellora rises from the great Indian plain. Hewn from the rock, inside and out are murals, frescoes, sculptures, monasteries and temples of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain origin. Most remarkable of these is the Kailasa Temple, 164 feet wide and 96 feet high, scooped out of solid rock. Inside are lavish life-size sculptures of animals and idols.
Some of these carvings are nearly 2,000 years old and the most well-preserved and finest examples of Indian art.
The Duke Jan 30 motored north-west to the Ajanta caves. These religious carvings and temples are of Buddhist origin between 563 and 483 B.C. The last one was completed about, a thousand years later. For ten centuries Buddhist monks chiselled and painted the rocks. Carving 29 chapels and monasteries. Frescoes deal mainly with Buddhist folk-lore and legends. One powerful example of the exquisite work is the spirit of Buddha passing from worldly life.
From Ajanta the Duke drove to Bombay to meet the British citizens and attend a garden party at Jinnah House, Deputy High Commissioner's residence. Later he lunched with the chairman of the Indian Atomic Commission, Dr. Homi Bhadd. The following day, Jan 31, he flew to Madras.