Second Expedition to India - Visit to the ruins in south-central India

adjantaSecond Expedition to India - Visit to the ruins in south-central India

(23) Enjoy the masterpieces of Indian Buddhist painting at the Ajanta Grottoes! Visit amazing Buddhist sites that have been forgotten for a thousand years

Sculpture by Elora. The painting is Ajanta. That's it.

For a taste of the best of Indian Buddhist art, I highly recommend seeing these two together as a set.

Ajanta was also a truly wonderful place. I will never forget the fingertips of that lotus hand bodhisattva. That ultimate point where the fingertips touch each other...! That was a miracle. It was a miracle without a doubt.

Elora.Second Expedition to India - Visit to the ruins in south-central India

(22) The Kailasanatha Temple in Ellora is astonishing! What is the amazing sculpture architecture that took 100 years to carve out of the rocky mountain?

Here in Ellora, the difference between the Buddhist and Hindu views of the world and of human beings can be felt as much as this.

The Kailasanatha Temple is truly an explosion of energy. You can feel the energy of Hinduism, the enormous mass of it, all over your body when you come here.

There is no doubt that the Ellora Caves here are among the best in India.

Elora.Second Expedition to India - Visit to the ruins in south-central India

(21) The Buddha image at Ellora Cave Temple was so shocking that it electrified my whole body! I highly recommend this as one of the best spots in India!

Buddhist Grottoes of Ellora Cave 10.

The moment I entered the hall, I felt a chirping sound! It really happened! It is often said that an electric current runs through your body, and that is exactly what happened.

I will never forget the impact it had on me. I have encountered many different monuments and works of art, but this is without a doubt the pinnacle of them all.

doobiegartSecond Expedition to India - Visit to the ruins in south-central India

(20) Visit to Dhoby Ghat, a huge laundry in Mumbai - The tour of the sacred places of "Slaughterhouse" finally comes to an end.

Dhoby Ghat is known as Mumbai's giant laundry.

I was lost in a certain emotion as I looked at this doobiegart.

We've finally come this far..."

For me, this is more than just a laundry. It is a sacred place, so to speak, as it was the setting for Keisuke Ito's novel "Slaughterhouse Organ".

Elephanta GrottoSecond Expedition to India - Visit to the ruins in south-central India

(18) Impressed by the huge statue of Shiva at Elephanta Grottoes off the coast of Mumbai! It is the white star of Hindu sculpture!

The Elephanta Grottoes are Hindu ruins located on Elephanta Island in Mumbai Bay.

The three-faced statue of Shiva here is renowned as one of India's masterpieces. Before heading to Ajanta and Ellora, I would love to see this statue myself. So I took a boat from Mumbai to Elephanta Island.

Okinawan-style stewed pork spare ribsSecond Expedition to India - Visit to the ruins in south-central India

(17) Visit the Great Stupa of Saanchi World Heritage Site - The largest and oldest existing stupa in India and magnificent sculptures!

Saanchi is a World Heritage Site famous for the largest and oldest existing stupa, and is considered a very important site in the history of Buddhism.

The word "stupa" is not very familiar to us Japanese, but to put it very roughly, it means "a grave containing the remains of Buddha or his disciples. It is also the origin of the word "stupa" in Japan.

Second Expedition to India - Visit to the ruins in south-central India

(16) Why have the Buddhist sites in India been buried in the ground and forgotten - notice the meaning at Khajuraho

Many Buddhist sites, including the Khajuraho site, have long been forgotten in India.

They were buried in the earth and did not see the light of day until the English discovered them in the 19th century. But is it really possible? How is it possible that no one knew about such huge ruins? I had such doubts.