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Ajanta Caves in India – Summer Solstice Observance

Enjoy the Summer Solstice Observance at the Ajanta Caves in India

Ajanta Cave Rock Pablo Pecora

The Ajanta Caves in India – carved from a mountain cliff (photo copyright 2006 flicr user Pablo Pecora)  (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Flicr

What: Summer Solstice Observance at the Ajanta Caves in India

Where: Cave 26, Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra state of India

When: Summer Solstice  Time: Sunrise

About: Observe the summer solstice at the majestic site in India – The Ajanta Caves, where from a solid granite rock mass emerging from a mountainside 76 meters high, 30 caves have been carved out, forming the Buddhist temples and sanctuaries for the ancient peoples that once lived and worshiped at this site, recorded as early as 2nd century BCE. This breathtaking ”horseshoe-shaped escarpment’‘, discovered ”by accident” during a hunting expedition, is set in the beautiful Aurangabad jungle, overlooking the Waghora River.

The Alignment: The Ajanta Caves are known for two very special celestial alignments – the winter and summer solstices.

Below is an excerpt from Belsebuub and Lara Atwood’s book The Path of the Spiritual Sun” explaining the cave’s summer solstice alignment:

Cave 26 at Ajanta is aligned to the summer solstice sunrise. By dola.das85 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

”Cave 26 aligns to the summer solstice sunrise. It contains a statue of Buddha seated within a stupa, which is illuminated by the rays of the rising sun on the summer solstice.

A stupa is a symbolic monument which it is said Buddha uses to ascend and descend.

The stupas for the winter and summer solstice at the Ajanta Caves differ in their design, perhaps for a symbolic reason.

The summer solstice is a time of ascent.

In the cave aligned to the summer solstice Buddha is seated with his feet on a pedestal.

Perhaps this was symbolic of him no longer being on the earth—as ancient Egypt gods were sometimes portrayed upon pedestals to show their heavenly status.”  ~ Belsebuub.com

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Reclining Buddha at Cave 26. By Nandanupadhyay (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Visiting the Caves:  Here are some guidelines to keep in mind for visiting the caves. (Page 12)

Below is a video that sheds light on the intriguing history and landscape of the Ajanta Caves and animates the solstice alignments in cave 19 and 26. This is a video from the History Channel which contains some of their own theories and opinions about the site.

A Note About Visiting Ancient Sites:
Please be mindful and respectful of the ancient sites.  Treat them with care as to not disturb them, damage them or remove anything from them. Help protect these incredible sites so that they can continue to stand the test of time.

Please note: This event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact the Archaelogical Survey of India if you would like more details about the site such as opening times, admission tickets, restrictions etc.

Article by Christos Grapsas & Olga Grapsas

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9 Comments

  • What a truly engineering feat, with great spiritual significance, would be a amazing place to visit one day,

  • Thanks Christos and Olga. Very nice place, great video. Would love to visit it some day. I wonder what reclining Buddha mean.. that the conscious is sleeping? I had seen the same ones in famous ancient chinese temples.

  • This just seems like an amazing place! Caves carved into the side of cliff like that, really beautiful. And worked on for around 800 years? Even that is hard to imagine nowadays.

    That video gives nice shots of the site, but it does get at bit off towards the end imo :).

    Thanks for sharing, must be nice to visit.

    • I love imagining the pompous British Raj stumbling over immense sites like this and being totally humbled!

      Incredible site – yet so young in India’s sacred history – the subcontinent must be absolutely packed with beautiful sites like this!

    • I agree Karim, not quite sure about their explanations towards the end. Not that the extraterrestrials weren’t real, but there can be other explanations of the builders’ elaborate skills and intelligence, one of them being that they were simply a very advanced civilisation, not just simple humans that our traditional history describes. Similarly, the carvings and the paintings didn’t need to necessarily depict “what they saw” as the moderator suggested, but could have expressed spiritual things in a symbolic language, as well as things that exist in other dimensions.

  • Very interesting, especially the esoteric explanation of the symbols from the Belsebuub’s website. The “stupa” is indeed intriguing, the fact that there exists a vessel/monument for ascent as well as a descent in a spiritual sense. The same about the possible explanation of the pedestal that separates the enlightened person from the earth.
    Thank you for sharing about this special place Christos, it again shows how much spiritual knowledge the ancients had (including the knowledge of the symbolic language) that is now so lost to humanity.

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