Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Ellora (Hindu): Photo 3
The Muslims who ruled India for centuries often admired the place, idolatrous as it might be. One of their historians wrote that "at some very remote period a race of men, as if by magic, excavated caves high up among the defiles of the mountains. These rooms extended over a breadth of one kos. Carvings of various designs and of correct execution adorned all the walls and ceilings; but the outside of the mountain is perfectly level, and there is no sign of any dwelling."
See "The Twenty-Seventh Year of the Reign of Aurangzeb" in The Alamgirnama of Muhammad Kazim. An English version is in Volume 7 of The History of India as Told by Its Own Historians, edited by H.M. Elliot, 1869, reprinted 1959.)
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