On 28 April 1819, a British officer, John Smith, of the 28th Cavalry, while hunting tiger, accidentally discovered the entrance to one of the cave temples deep within the tangled undergrowth. Exploring that first cave, long since a home to nothing more than birds and bats and a lair for other, larger, animals, Captain Smith scratched his name in on one of the pillars. (from Wikipedia)
Everything has been hewn from the granite on the outside of the river bend – it’s all joined to the one piece of granite; pillars, statues, wall carvings… the lot. Any joins you might suspect in the photos are veins of jade or quartz.
Every time I see things like this I’m astounded by the level of faith held by people to even dream up doing something like this.