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Cave 12, known as Tin Tal ("Three Floors"), also has an impressive upper hall.
The walls of the shrine room are lined with five large bodhisattvas and is flanked by seven Buddhas, representing each of his previous incarnations.
There are 34 caves in all: 12 Buddhist caves (500-750 AD), 17 Hindu caves (600-870 AD) and 5 Jain caves (800-1000 AD).
The caves are numbered roughly chronologically, starting with the oldest Buddhist caves at the south end.
The Ellora Caves are an impressive complex of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples built between the 6th and 10th centuries AD near the ancient Indian village of Ellora.
The caves have a slightly less dramatic setting than those at Ajanta, but more exquisite sculptures.
All except Cave 10 are (monasteries), which were used for study, meditation, communal rituals, eating and sleeping.
Opposite her on the right is Mahamayuri, the Buddhist goddess of learning, shown with her attribute, the peacock. Significantly, Mahamayuri has a very similar Hindu counterpart, Saraswati.
The magnificent Cave 10 dates from the early 700s and is known as the Carpenter's Cave () because of its imitation in stone of wooden beams on the ceiling.
There are 17 Hindu caves in all (numbered 13 to 29), which were carved between 600 and 870 AD.
They occupy the center of the cave complex, grouped around either side of the famous Kailasa Temple.
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Cave 5 is named the Maharwada Cave because it was used by local Mahar tribespeople as a shelter during the monsoon.