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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 189-

Indications of extra-terrestrial contributions to prehistoric monuments

 

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. Indications of extra-terrestrial contributions to prehistoric monuments.Neurol India 2019;67:189-189


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This picture has been contributed by Dr. Sarabjit Singh Chhiber, Additional Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.

The Ajanta caves, a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) world heritage site, are approximately 30 rock cut Buddhist cave monuments dating back to the second century B.C in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. Caves excavated into the side of a curved gorge, formed by towering deposits of volcanic rocks of the Deccan plateau, consist of monasteries (viharas) and worship halls (chaitya-griha or house of stupa) lined by mural paintings, carvings and idols depicting the social and religious life of that era. The entrances to the caves are dwarfed by the sheer size of the cliff side which has been excavated and carved into intricate pillars, roofs and idols. Walking in and out of these caves, one is awe-stricken by the daunting human effort and toil that went into the making these monuments of art and worship by cutting through the tons of rocks and then intricately either carving into them and painting on them. One wonders at the technology and know-how available in that era that made it possible to execute a human endeavour of such monumental proportions …and is often besieged by the thought that an extra-terrestrial power of superior intelligence may have played a stellar role in their construction. The photograph was taken with a Nikon D90 18-200 mm lens stopped at F 5.3 exposed for 1/400 of second at 105mm and ISO 320