While many ancient temples in India were destroyed by Mughal invaders, the Ajanta and Ellora caves survived due to their remote location.
The images of the sculptures of Buddha in this post are from different caves and not in any particular order. The first few images have more clarity as they were shot in daylight. Inside the lights are dim, and flashlights not permitted.
The first three pictures have been shot in the daylight. The sculptures are outside, on the exterior walls of the caves.
The next picture was one of the hardest pieces of art to capture as it was very dark inside the cave. One had to peer at the sculpture to see it. It was like clicking in the darkness. The photograph has been brightened to a large degree. The Buddha was in an inner sanctum deep inside the large cave, known as Cave No. 1. The bluish light is an artificial light casting its dull glow.
This huge eight feet long sculpture of the sleeping Buddha is a famous icon of Ajanta and lies in Cave 26.
This sitting Buddha was inside a large cave with much of the cave was in poor condition due to centuries of neglect. The once colourful murals on the wall are faded and worn.
The ever graceful and beautiful figures of Buddha can be seen in the photograph below.
For images from Ellora try these posts: Kailashnath Temple at Ellora or Ellora Temples sculpted exteriors or simply click on the label Ellora.