While hunting a tiger a man found a mysterious cave, you won’t believe what he found inside


A fascinating discovery was made in 1819 when an officer with the Madras Regiment of the British Army John Smith was in pursuit of a tiger across the jungle just outside of Mumbai. While tracking the tiger, he stumbled upon a mysterious cave with a hidden entrance in the brush.

What was believed to be just one cave, turned out to be 29 massive caves carved into the bedrock in the distant past, beautifully decorated by mysterious builders.

Without knowing, the tiger had led Smith towards a massive arch that seems like an ordinary cave. Intrigued wy what he had seen, he asked his fellow officers to follow, making an unprecedented discovery: The Ajanta Caves.

Smith entered the cave while branding a flaming grass torch and discovered a massive vaulted and colonnaded hall, covered in beautiful yet faded paintings. The more he explored, the more beautiful the caves got. Just beneath a dome, Smith, and his officers came across a timeless praying Buddha.

Upon entering further, Smith decided to carve his name on a statue of a Bodhisattva, a symbol or figure that represents one of the past lives of Buddha, prior to achieving Nirvana, aka, the union with the divine spirit.

Before Smith entered the cave system, it remained far from society and only animals, floodwaters and the local people known as Bhil, may have entered the cave. It was created in 500AD.

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After Smith discovered the caves, in 1844, Major Robert Gill was commissioned by the Royal Asiatic Society to create reproductions on canvas of the wall paintings.

Further investigation revealed that what was believed to be just one cave was, in fact, a massive cave system composed of shrines and monuments carved directly into the rock. There is a total of 29 caves.

Some scientists argue that these massive caves were created as a retreat for Buddhist monks during monsoon season.

Interestingly, each of the caves is unique, having an intricate and beautiful design covering its interior and entrances.

Most of the statues illustrate the life of Buddha and his many incarnations.

Some experts argue that the caves were built as astronomical observatories and that they align with solstices and other cosmological events.

As it turns out, caves number 19 and 26, align perfectly with the winter and summers solstices respectively.

During the winter and summer solstices, the sunlight shines straight through an opening in their roof, which consequently illuminates their incredible designed interior.

Considering the precision and effort required to build these massive cave system, the builder of the caves created an ancient wonder, especially considering they achieved all of this with extremely ‘limited’ tools and technology.

Check out the images:

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Intricate carvings decorate the Ajanta caves.

 

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An entrance to one of the caves. Image credit: Wikipedia
Ajanta Caves have been carved into a massive rock of the Deccan plateau.
Ajanta Caves have been carved into a massive rock of the Deccan plateau. Image Credit: Wikipedia
Cave 1, porch: Nagendra panel flanked by yaksa panels
Cave 1, porch: Nagendra panel flanked by yaksa panels. Image Credit Wikipedia.
Cave 19 is known for the grandeur of its façade sponsored by king Upendragupta, the standing Buddhas likely intrusively added in 479 CE by others.
Cave 19 is known for the grandeur of its façade sponsored by king Upendragupta, the standing Buddhas likely intrusively added in 479 CE by others. Image Credit: Wikipedia

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6 Comments

  1. Interesting article as usual. I researched this specific topic of the Ajanta Caves as all the other topics around the world. These caves are around 340,000 years old. This specific claim is for 81% certain, which is more certain than any other claim. The caves may have been renovated many times, like we use to repaint and renovate our houses and churches. But they are certainly not some two thousand years old, that’s just hilarious as usual.

  2. LIMITED TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGY? NOWDAYS HAVING GOTTEN CONTROL BACK OF MY FULL MIND IN A SENSE MAKES MODERN SCIENCE AND SCHOLARS SEEM LIKE IDIOTS IF THEY EXPECT ME TO BELIEVE THE ANCIENTS WERE NOT MORE ADVANCED THEN WE ARE TODAY. BY JUST USING THE LOGIC OF THE MODERN DAY SCIENTIST AND SCHOLARS THEY WOULD HAVE TO HAVE TOOLS AND TECH. AND I AINT GOING THAT ALIEN ROUTE EITHER. ANCIENT MAN WAS MORE ADVANCED THEN CONTEMPORARY. FAR MORE ADVANCED THAT MODERN DAY SCIENCE AND SCHOLARS CANT FIGURE IT OUT. AND IF THEY DID FIGURE OUT THEY ALL BE HATING ON ANCIENT MAN BECAUSE THEY ARE STRAIGHT UP NOT TEACHING TRUTH IN AMERICAS SCHOOL SYSTEMS AND OR MEDIA PERIOD. STILL TRYING TO PERPETUATE THE ANCIENTS AS PRIMITIVE AND SEEDING THE MINDS THAT ALIENS MUST HAVE DID IT OR TEACHED THEM THE KNOWLEDGE. COME ON NOW LOLOL

  3. What nutter says they were carved out in 500AD. These caves must be tens of thousands of years old.

  4. The photos are mostly of a temple as seen from the outside and not CAVES. What kind of nonsense is this?

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