Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Ajanta: Photo 58
The shape of the vihara will hardly change in later centuries, but the vihara will take on the additional function of being a temple. To see that change, we're back at Cave 16, the prime minister's cave atop the stairs by the elephant door. It looks intact, with a handsome porch, but by the 19th century all the columns except the farthest one were missing. They're been replaced skillfully enough that most visitors assume that they're original.
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