Kailasa Temple at Ellora

Kailasa Temple at Ellora - is world's largest monolithic structure

Kailasa Temple at Ellora

The Rock-Cave Temple at Ellora, about 30 km from the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra.

Kailasa Temple is the sixteenth cave and is one of the 32 cave temples and monasteries that make up the Ellora Caves.

It was built by the 8th century Rashtrakuta king Krishna I between 756 and 773 AD.

– Kailasa Temple is an independent, multi-storeyed temple complex  made to look like Kailash Mountain  - the ancient home of Lord Shiva.

The stone temple was cut into a 'U' shape of about 50 meters in the back and about 2,00,000 tons of rock was removed to give it its shape. 

Archaeologists have estimated that the construction of the temple would take more than a hundred years.

However, in reality it only took 18 years to complete. Interestingly, the engineers of the modern age have found it impossible to finish a single temple in 18 years using modern technology!

Winter season is the best time to visit Ellora caves as temperature will be around 30 to 35 degrees.

Aurangabad is the nearest city to the Kailash Temple and is well connected by road. Buses and taxis are available from Aurangabad to reach Kailash Temple. 

Aurangabad is well connected by state transport buses from major cities of Maharashtra like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Satara, Kolhapur and Ahmednagar.

Aurangabad is the nearest railway station to Kailash Temple, about 30 km from the temple.

Direct trains are available from major cities of Maharashtra; To reach Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Nashik etc.

Aurangabad Airport is about 15 km from the Kailash Temple and is the nearest airport to the Kailash Temple.

The Aurangabad Airport is well connected to major cities of Maharashtra and India. Kailash Temple can be reached from Aurangabad via local transport.