This Insane Indian Temple Was Carved Out of One Giant Rock

Many of us recognize the great wonders of the ancient world: the Pyramids at Giza, the Roman Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and others. Despite your knowledge of the great works of the world’s ancient cultures, though, we bet you’ve never heard of the Kailashnath Temple in Maharashtra, India

What makes the Kailashnath Temple special is that it’s carved from one single enormous boulder. Those who fashioned this amazing structure started at the top and carved downward, forming a structure where there had once only been rock. This method was strictly followed by a master architect, and the result could not have been achieved any other way.

The temple was dedicated to Shiva, and was built between 756 and 774 CE by the Rashtrakuta king Krishna I. The structure measures roughly 60 feet tall and 200 feet wide. There were once bridges of stone connecting the galleries of sculptures, but they have been swallowed by time. The temple base was carved to give the impression of the elephant sculptures holding the whole structure aloft.

Check out these amazing photographs of this unknown great wonder!