The karla cave paintings are ancient and amazing in nature. The old Buddhist worship place has turned to be a tourist spot in Maharashtra (Lonavala). The architecture and the inscriptions need no introduction. They are historic and marvellous in nature. The picture depicts 3 grand elephants. Elephants are the symbol of power and royalty. One can see the withered elephant trunks. This depicts the historic nature of the cave. Gautam Buddha idols seated on top of the elephants’ back is well seen here. The devotee’s idols carved at the other side of the wall shows the brilliant carving skills of that era.
The biggest hall like structure in the cave is depicted here. The strong pillars on either side of the hall show the strength of the cave. The pillars depict a lot through this picture. The cave art is so mesmerising that the hall looks massive. The ceiling of the hall is the main attraction here. Each pillar and the ceiling structure support’s the structure of the cave. The dead end of the huge hall consists of the stupa like structure. Monks and other devotees used to sit and worship here. The place is noise less and ideal for meditation.
Carved Stone Structure
This is a legendry carved stone structure. If one looks at it minutely it shows man and woman together as a couple. In life men and women are supposed to be supporting each other and they have their equal contribution. In this picture we can see women’s hand across her man counterpart’s shoulder. This shows the thinking capacity of the artist. The artist at that period of time had the guts to think so liberally. Both women and men are equal parts of the society. The posture of the idols is so relaxing and at ease that it automatically gives an environment of relaxation.
Karla Caves Rocks
This picture has multiple aspects of the Karla cave paintings. The wear and tear in the rock over period of time makes it even more beautiful. The huge and strong pillar that has 3 lions at the top is beautiful. These three lions are facing three different directions. They very much resemble to the national emblem of our country India. Right at the back is the huge gate that enters the cave. The top of the huge gate is well decorated with wooden finishing. The wooden structure gives it a royal feel. This might be seen as a palace like entrance in a cave.