This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book
(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1915. Excerpt: ... THE ANCIENT ABBEY OF AJANTA1 I Like the curves
and columns of some great organ runs the line of stone arches and
colonnades along the hillside that faces to the sunrise in the glen
of Ajanta. Twenty-six caves there are in all, making one long level
line, overhung by the rounded ridge of dark-blue stone that was
undoubtedly chipped into shape and bareness long long ago to
emphasize that balanced uniformity which gives to this ancient
abbey so much of its solemnity and beauty. As we first see the
caves, from the boulder-strewn stream some hundreds of feet away,
they appear 1 Chaitya--Building used by Buddhist monks for united
worship; strictly comparable to Christian churches, which resemble
it to an extraordinary degree even now. The differences between
nave and aisles are exactly the same. A dagoba occupied the place
of the altar. Ajanta has four chaityas. Vihara--A Buddhist
monastery. At first these consisted of a central space of irregular
shape, with small cells opening into it. Afterwards it becomes a
quadrangle or main court with a great sanctuary on its longest side
containing an image of Buddha, pillared aisles, verandah, and
cells, as in the earlier examples. There are twenty-two viharas,
many unfinished, at Ajanta. Dagoba--A stupa or tope erected over
the ashes or relics of a great teacher. An open-air stupa is the
Sanchi Tope. There are dagobas within all the four chaityas at
Ajanta. Evidently the form was sacred. like a succession of
pillared verandahs, broken once near the middle, and culminating in
the distance in the tall arched fronts of great chaityahalls. It is
thus that we first become aware of Caves Ten and Twenty-six, and
are affected by their severity and regularity as if by music. In
reality, Nine and Nineteen are also chaityas. But ...
General Books LLC
|Country of origin:
Margaret Elizabeth Noble
||246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!