the many-splendoured delights of Ajanta compiled by Subramanian Swaminathan
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Ceiling Paintings

For reasons unknown, the Ajanta artist did not paint religious themes on the ceilings. But expert workmanship is evident. These drawings have taken the texture of a carpet, brilliantly woven, captivating the eyes and filling the senses.

One of the themes is the huge concentric circle enclosed in a square, with number of flowery bands within it.
Cave 2
Hariti shrine, Cave 2
Main hall, Cave 17

Another equally cherished theme consists of a number of rectangular panels filled with decorative motifs framed by smaller squares or rectangles with representations of fruit and floral forms.

Animals & Birds
Cave 1
Reclining Bulls, Cave 17

In Lighter Vein
Cave 2
Cave 1

The most intriguing and least expected in a religious shrine
are the scenes depicting a king in his harem
and friends enjoying each other's company
with wine!

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