Friday, October 30, 2009
TRAVEL THE WORLD, ELLORA CAVES NEAR AURANGABAD, INDIA
The 34 Ellora caves, near Aurangabad, are a World Heritage Site. The Hindu caves, where this photo was taken in 2007, date from 500 to 1,000 B.C. The carving is of Lord Shiva, one of the triumvirate of Hindu gods, the two others being Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva is commonly thought of as being associated with destruction, but this is incorrect. Instead, he is seen as being responsible for maintaining the balance in the cosmos between creation, dissolution and re-creation.