One of the more interesting days we spent in Pune was trekking around to see different temples. One of them was made entirely out of Silver and Gold. It was right in the middle of the city and to me this was mind-blowing. Surrounded by a questionable neighborhood, and visited by poor people casting their hopes and prayers and flowers on the monuments (I wasn’t allowed to to take pictures) there was this small but ornate and exquisite temple made of precious metals. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that.
One temple with a round top and pillars, is all carved out of one piece of stone. Can you imagine that kind of planning? The same is true for the Caves. Little or nothing is added. The entire structures are created by removing and retaining certain parts of the rock. I find that to be mind-blowing.