Ajanta caves are one of the prominent architectural sites of India which is situated in one of the cities of Maharashtra named Aurangabad. These caves comprises of rock cut sculptures and paintings which are termed as one of the finest examples that survive of ancient Indian art. Further, all of these sculptures and paintings tend to be very expressive and project emotions with the help of pose, gesture and form. As per UNESCO, each and every art in the cave is a masterpiece which tells us about the influence it had on the Buddhist religious art that followed post this period. These caves are divided into two major parts; the first part was made in 2nd century BC while the other was made later on as per the prevailing ethics and culture of that era.
Cannabis role to preserve the Ajanta caves!
It has been found out by archaeologists that the Elora caves had a protecting layer which was a mixture of clay with lime plaster and hemp which prevented the degradation of these caves for more than 1500 years. Each of these elements in the mixture played a vital role like the hemp in it help to keep paintings in the cave and the cave itself to remain intact. Cannabis sative elements, which are commonly known as bhang and ganja, were assured to be present in the mixture and it was used in a very large amount.
The impact of Ajanta art on the present art!
The basic styles of paintings found in Ajanta caves come from or we can say that they are commonly seen in Tibet and SriLanka. At the time of discovery of these masterpieces on the name of paintings the artists and painters of that era got immense amount of inspiration from them. The style is seen in the present paintings and sculptures. Many of the artists with their skills, creativity and ability came up with innovative modifications and alterations in those arts and came up with immensely pleasing and magnificent work!