Kailash Mandir In Ellora Caves

Kailash Mandir - Great Ancient India

Kailash Mandir is a unique architecture of its kind in the world, which was made by Naresh Krishna (I) (760-753 AD) of the Rashtrakuta dynasty at Malkhed. It is in the Ellora caves of Ellora district in Aurangabad. The most amazing of the 34 caves in Ellora is the Kailash Mandir. The work done in this mandir is more beautiful than the huge Kailash Mandir.

The special thing about the Kailash Mandir is that it took about 150 years to prepare this huge mandir and about 7000 labourers worked on it continuously. The mandir is located in cave number 16 of Ellora. An imitation of Mount Kailas has been built in this mandir. Let’s know special things about this mandir.

Ellora has three types of caves

  • Mahayani Buddhist Caves
  • Hindu Caves
  • Digambar Jain Caves

Only one of these caves is 12 storeyed, which is called ‘Kailash Mandir‘. The mandir was built by Rashtrakuta ruler Krishna I. This cave is an amazing piece of craft art. Each sculpture of a huge mandir cut into a single rock is of high quality. Ellora village is one kilometer away from these caves. In the name of this village, they are called ‘Ellora Caves’.

The Mandir Is Dedicated To Lord Shiva

A lot of effort has been made to give the Kailash Mandir the shape of the Kailash of the Himalayas. This two-storied mandir of Shiva is built by cutting rocks. This mandir is famous worldwide for the largest statue made of single stone rock.

Kailash Mandir Lord Shiva - Great Ancient India
Lord Shiva in Kailash Mandir

The Architecture

The height of this unique mandir is 90 feet, 276 feet long, 154 feet wide, this cave mandir. The construction of this mandir took 150 years and ten generations. 7000 workers have prepared this mandir by working continuously.

Mandir Was Built By Cutting A Single Stone

In its construction, a 90-foot-high mandir was built by cutting stones weighing about 40,000 tons. There are chambers on all three sides of the courtyard of this mandir and Nandi sits in the open pavilion in front and there are huge elephants and pillars on either side.

The Sculpture Of Kailash Mandir
The Sculpture Of Kailash Mandir

Carving Is Gorgeous

Ellora Cave-16 i.e. Kailash Mandir is the largest cave, with the most excavation work done. The Kailash Mandir here has huge and magnificent carvings. The Kailash Mandir was built during the rule of the Rashtrakuta dynasty inspired by the ‘Virupaksha mandir’.


Except for the Kailash Mandir, the remaining mandirs are said to have been built around 600โ€“750 AD. Ellora’s sculpture is unique. After the Gupta period, such a grand construction did not happen in any period. The caves of Ellora are directly related to Buddhist, Hindu, and Jainism, so the followers of these religions are crowded here. Apart from this, domestic and foreign tourists also visit here throughout the year. These caves have so much charm and skill that all the tourists who come here are surprised to see them. The whole area is very open and quiet. There is a mandir of ‘Ghritneshwar Mahadev’ near Ellora. [2]

Magnificent Etching

Ellora’s cave-16 is the largest cave, with the most excavation work done. The Kailash Mandir here has a huge and magnificent etching, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the owner of Kailash. The Kailash Mandir was built during the rule of the Rashtrakuta dynasty, inspired by the ‘Virupaksha mandir’. Like other caves, it also has entrances, pavilions, and sculptures.

Anupam Architecture

The architects of Ellora did nothing to give the Kailash Mandir the shape of the Kailash of the Himalayas. This two-storied mandir of Shiva has been built by cutting the rock-solid rock of the mountain and it is estimated that often 30 lakh hand stones have been cut out of it. In this environment of Kailash, the critics predict, the entire Taj Mae can be placed in its courtyard. The famous mandir of Athens ‘Parthenon’ can cover the whole in its dimensions and is at least ascending from the Parthenon. As frightening as the idol of Bhairav โ€‹โ€‹of Kailash, Parvati is as affectionate and the velocity of the Tandava is such that it is not available in stone.

Shiva-Parvati’s culmination binds the dignity of future happiness, just as Ravana’s Kailashattolan embodies Pourush. Her arms spread and encircle the floor of Kailash and shake it so hard that her tenon gets loose and Uma, as well as other creatures of Kailash, tremble. Shiva then crushes the pride of Ravana by pressing the mountain lightly with the toe of the foot. In this scene, Kalidas has said that in Kumarasambhava, the efforts of Ravana to disintegrate Kailash’s treaties, he has been presented by the artists. The splendor of Ellora is a sculptural achievement of Indian sculpture.

Kailash Mandir - Great Ancient India
Kailash Mandir – Great Ancient India

Stunning 6 Facts of Kailash Mandir

Kailash Mandir in Ellora, Maharashtra is a big secret for modern technology. Like many ancient Hindu mandirs, this mandir has many amazing things that surprise us. Consider some of the facts of Kailash Mandir as evidence of our glorious and highly developed history.

Kailash Mandir Facts:

1) When building a mandir or building, pieces of stones are made by gathering on top of each other. A very unique method was adopted to build the Kailash Mandir. This mandir is built by cutting the top of a mountain from top to bottom. Just as a sculptor carves a statue with a stone, similarly this mandir was built by carving a mountain.

2) mandirs, pillars, gates, carvings, etc. were made by cutting stones hollow. What amazing design and planning would have been done. Apart from this, it is not common for stone systems to store rainwater, drains to drain water, mandir towers and bridges, beautiful design with beautiful balconies, finely constructed staircases, secret underground pathways, etc.

3) Today’s scientists and researchers estimate that about 4,00,000 tonnes of stone must have been cut and removed during the construction of the mandir. According to this, if only 7,000 laborers work for 150 years, then this mandir will be completed, but it is said that Kailash Mandir was completed in a very short time in just 17 years.

4) In that era when there were no machines and efficient tools like big cranes, how much stone would have been cut and removed from the mandir site. This mystery wanders the mind. Was this mandir built using some alien technology? No one knows, but it looks like it.

5) The Kailash Mandir is believed to have been built by the Commonwealth King Krishna I during (756AD-773AD). Apart from this, no information like the purpose of making this mandir, the technology of making, the name of the builder is available. The inscription on the walls of the mandir is very old and no one has read the written language.

6) In today’s time, hundreds of drawings, 3D design software, CAD software, small models will need its research, hundreds of engineers, many high-quality computers to build such a mandir. How would all this have been ensured in that period? We have no answer. The biggest thing is that today even using all these modern technologies, it is impossible to make another such Kailash Mandir.

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