The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century. The caves include paintings and rock cut sculptures described as among the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art. According to UNESCO, these are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art that influenced Indian art that followed. With the Ellora Caves, Ajanta is the major tourist attraction of the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. The Ajanta Caves were built in a period when both the Buddha and the Hindu gods were simultaneously revered in Indian culture.
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