What is/are common to the two historical places known as Ajanta and Mahabalipuram?

  1. Both were built in the same period.
  2. Both belong to the same religious denomination.
  3. Both have rock-cut monuments.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

[UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2016 Prelims]

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) None of the statements given above is correct


Answer: (b)

Explanation:

  • The Ajanta Caves, located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, consist of approximately 30 rock-cut cave monuments that range in age from the 2nd century BCE to around 480 or 650 CE. These caves were excavated during various periods. Therefore, statement 1 is incorrect.
  • The Ajanta Caves are associated with the Buddhist religious denomination.
  • Mahabalipuram features scenes such as Arjuna’s penance and the Jala-Sayana Perumal temple, which are primarily related to the Vaishnavite tradition. Hence, statement 2 is also incorrect.
  • Both the Ajanta Caves and Mahabalipuram are examples of rock-cut monuments. In Ajanta, cave-cut structures like Chaityas, Viharas, and Stupas can be found. Therefore, statement 3 is correct.

Therefore, option (b) is the correct answer.

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