Ancient Caves, Temples & Sacred Monuments
India is home to one of the world’s longest-lived cultures going back more than 5,000 years. To understand India, one has to know its religions and spiritual traditions. During this study abroad program we will study 3 of India’s oldest religions — Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Our study of Buddhism will take place at Ajanta, a World Heritage Monument that is home to 5 cave temples and 24 monasteries containing centuries-old paintings and rock-cut sculptures. We will study Jainism at Ellora that is home to some of the most beautiful and ornate rock-cut caves with decorative columns, intricate cave facades and finely carved stone statues. We will study Hinduism also in Ellora at the mighty Kailash Temple, the largest monolithic temple in the world.
After Ajanta and Ellora our studies of Hinduism continues in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the heartland of Dravidian culture and a bastion of conservative Hinduism. It is home to some of India’s largest and most ornately decorated temples and we will study at and explore many of them such as — Mahabalipuram, Chidambaram Temple and Kumbakonam just to name a few. You will be totally immersed in India’s remarkable ancient culture during this program.
During this culturally rich, hands-on learning experience, you will learn why India is a finely woven fabric of religion, philosophy, art, music and mysticism. Discover why India is not just another country — it’s a different world. A trip to India is a life-changing experience.
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