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It may not be officially declared as one of the best wonders of the world, but no one can deny the greatness of the Kailash Temple in Ellora. Situated about 30 km from the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the rock-cave temple of Ellora is the largest monolithic structure in the world. It is believed that the Kailash Temple at Ellora has striking similarities to the Virupaksha temple of northern Karnataka. The Kailash Temple is the sixteenth cave, and it is one of the 32 cave temples and monasteries forming the magnanimous Ellora Caves. As per the historical records, it was built by the 8th century Rashtrakuta King Krishna I between the year 756 and 773 AD. Further, the non- Rashtrakuta style temples located close-by denote the involvement of Pallava and Chalukya artists. In all likelihood, it is believed that the architects of Virupaksha temple contributed in making the Kailash Temple. And given the architects already had the design and model ready, it would have taken lesser efforts to build a temple of such magnitude in the lifetime of one monarch. There are five detached shrines in the temple premises; three of these are dedicated to the river goddesses: Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. There are two Dwajasthambams (pillars with flagstaff) in the courtyard. A notable sculpture is that of the Ravana attempting to lift Mount Kailasa.

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