inside cave No. 1 of Ajanta is a large statue of the Buddha
seated in the lotus posture in a preaching attitude--represented
by his symbolic hand gesture, known as a mudra.
Carved during the ‘golden age of the Guptas’
in 500 - 550 A.D., Buddha’s expression changes with
the direction of the light. Illuminated from the front,
he appears to be in divine meditation; with light directed
on either side, he appears to smile or frown. Divine beings
fly above his head carrying garlands of flowers. The Ajanta
caves, cut into the rock face of a crescent-shaped gorge,
are World Heritage Monuments.