The Kailasha Temple, one of the 34 temples and monasteries sculpted in the rocks of Ellora caves in Maharashtra, India, was created in the 8th century AD between 756-773. Kailasa Temple is the world’s biggest Hindu temple, carved out of a single huge rock with no one knowing what instruments were employed.
The temple is credited to King Rashtrakuta Krishna despite the lack of inscriptions on the walls. The temple’s construction took 18 years.
According to mythology, King Rashtrakuta Krishan was unwell, and his wife pleaded to the deity Ghrishneshwar to heal him. In exchange, the queen vowed to build a temple devoted to God, and she swore to fast until she saw the structure’s summit.
According to mythology, out of all the architects who wished to build the temple, only architect Kokasa knew he needed to build it from the top down so the queen could view the top first. Kokasa was a skilled architect who comes from a long line of famous architects.
The temple measures 98 feet in height, 164 feet in length, and 109 feet in breadth. The temple’s inner courtyard is 82 m by 46 m in size. The temple is entered by a large two-piece gateway that leads to a U-shaped courtyard. A major temple dedicated to Shiva is located in the courtyard. The courtyard is entered by a modest gopuram.
The Shaivaites (devotees of Shiva) are to the left of the entryway, while the Vaishnavaites are to the right (affiliated to Vishnu). The courtyard of the temple is encircled by three-story arcades.
Deities of many kinds are etched into the arcades. Suspended bridges were created between the temple galleries at one time, but these have since fallen. The Lingam is housed in the central shrine, which features a level ceiling supported by 16 columns.
This temple is a must-see for anybody who wants to view the magnificence of this beautiful building for themselves.
Who carved this temple in the first place? It’s difficult to believe that this temple was made with the technology available in the 8th century AD, given its intricacy and scale, and the method it was built, from a single rock.
Another theory regarding the temple’s constructors is presented in the video below.