6 October 2022

Mission

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The Rock-cut Monuments of India Database is a non-profit initiative. The sole purpose is to document the rock-cut monuments most systematically and most comprehensively. Ajanta has been well studied, but there are dozens of other sites that have not been sufficiently studied or documented.

It targets on one hand the students, learners, and educators, on the other hand, it seeks to help the researchers by providing all the necessary information that they might need in the course of a research on the subject.

Currently, it is not run or supported by any company, institution, NGO, or funder. It has started as a cultural, academic, and intellectual movement by a small group of young art historians and multi-disciplinary thinkers who wish to contribute to the nation for the noble cause of education, research, and learning.

The initiative seeks to uphold the greatness of the Indic civilisation, and to display the stupendous achievements of the ancient Indians, that is, the vast repertoire of the art and architecture of the historical period.

Our scope includes even the lesser-known and poorly studied monuments so that those edifices, which have failed to attract the attention of the scholars may get a chance to do so.

The target is to include all the rock-cut monuments of all the religions: the Ajivikas, the Buddhist, the Hindu, and the Jain. (Other religions in India did not make rock-cut architecture). The scope is restricted at present to the geographical limits of India.

The initiative is encyclopaedic. Our distant goal is to place India on the global map of frontier research on the concerned subject field(s), since India must now awaken to a new era of enlightenment after the centuries of slumber.

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