(Last Updated on : 18/06/2012)
Ajanta Cave 7 differs from other monasteries in respect of their plans and designs. The facade is relieved with chaitya-windows filled in with a half-lotus or an animal-head. The verandah-pillars have octagonal shafts and bracket capitals. At each end of the verandah, at higher level, is a pillared porch, which opens into three cells. Outside the verandah is also an each extremity. The shrine has a seated image of Lord Buddha
with an elliptical halo carved on the back wall.
The door-jambs and lintel are similarly decorated with figures of Buddha, the top corners only having female figures on makaras; the modelling and pose of the female figures, particularly the left one, are captivating. Both the left and right walls of the antechamber are carved with the Miracle of Sravasti
. The back walls of the antechamber also have a number of figures of Buddha; the topmost one on the right side, seated on the coil of a seven-hooded Naga, most probably represents the incidents of the Naga king Muchilindas providing a shed over Buddha by his hood. The cave was once painted all over, but nothing substantial has survived. Some of the cells and the left porch are left unfinished.
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