The shrine doorway of cave 2 departs from
the conventional doorways, of the same cave and of cave 1.
The square motif on the side of the doorway seems to be derived from
doorways of other temples in India. Many motifs in Ajanta were taken
from elsewhere but adapted to the shrine here.
The notable feature of cave 2 is the heavy-limbed, but swaying Avalokitesvara,
with a flywhisk, who flanks the Buddha image. This feature was to develop
later, far away at elephanta. The pilasters at right front interior,
with squatting dwarfs in between the medallions, are exuberantly carved.
The Harati and Panchika panel at right rear of the cave; is intricate.
The narrative carving of the main figures well as the attendants, including
the school children, at the base, is fascinating as a domestic scene
of that time.
One of the few surviving ceilings, with charming decorations, is in
cave 2.The skill with which painters lay down on scaffoldings for long
years, to paint these pictures, is reminiscent of the way Michelangelo
suffered physical strain while painting the ceilings of the Sistine
Chapel in the Vatican in Rome.
The wall showing the Thousand Buddha's is a large painting, which overwhelms
one with its detailed multiplication.
VOTARIES WITH OFFERINGS:
This panel shows graceful cylindrical figures of the end of the 4th
century A.D. going towards the shrine.
WOMEN ON SWING:
The rhythmic movement of the princess starting off the movement on the
swing is on the wall of the right hand corridor. The innocent face and
the bursting youth of the girl, shows the change Buddhist idea of the
5th century A.D. that physical vitality itself leads ultimately to illumination.