An Introduction to the Ajantā Caves
Hari Sena Press Pvt. Ltd., 2012 - 256 pages
You will find in this book the architectural history of the caves as well as a retelling of the Buddhist legends painted on the walls.
The history section includes the chronological development of four Ajanta caves: Caves 1, 2, 16 and 17. This is a new account of the chronology of the Ajanta caves based on the latest research carried out by the author.
The narrative sections include short summaries of 84 Buddhist legends that are painted on the walls of the Caves 1, 2, 9, and 17. The short summaries are based on the pioneering research work carried by D. Schlingloff and his predecessors. The descriptions follow the nearest known versions of the stories, many of them from still very obscure Buddhist scriptures.
At least one photograph of each of the preserved painted legends has been reproduced. In total there are 284 colour photographs, which also include some examples from architectural details, scultpures, inscriptions, ground plans, and motifs.
A short introduction of our current understanding about the prevailing political and cultural background is also given.
The book is intended for the advanced researchers, educators, students, and such general readers who seek an in-depth understanding of the history of the Ajanta caves and the paintings.