"The Ellora Caves demonstrate respect and acceptance of other religions" So rather than pushing older religions out and destroying their monuments as the dominant religions of that time did, the people of the Ellora Caves lived in peace. The three main religions that make up the Ellora caves society is Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Buddhism: originated from India and spread to other countries. It is the practice of reaching enlightenment through moral precepts, loving-kindness, and compassion. So in other words being a Buddhist means being kind and accepting of others.
An enlightened being sees the nature of reality in absolute clarity, just as it is, and lives fully and naturally in accordance with that vision. This is the goal of the Buddhist spiritual life, representing the end of suffering for anyone who attains it.
Cave 2 is impressive. It is a large oblong chamber supported by 12 square pillars that are lined with sculptures of seated Buddhas. The doorway into the sanctuary is flanked by a muscular Padmapani, holding a lotus, and a bejewelled Maitreya, the Future Buddha. Both are accompanied by their consorts. Inside the shrine is a stately seated Buddha on a lion throne.
Hinduism: Is a Vedic religion, originating from the Aryan people who enter northwestern India from Persia. Hinduism has no single founder, no single scripture, and no commonly agreed set of teachings. This is probably why hindu worshipers don't discriminate and pose judgement towards other religions.
Many Hindus are devoted followers of Shiva or Vishnu, whom they regard as the only true God, while others look inward to the divine Self (atman). Hindu religious life might take the form of devotion to God or gods, the duties of family life, or concentrated meditation.
Hindu cave 16 is a magnificent temple carved from the solid rock, patterned closely on the freestanding temples of the time. It represents Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, and is called the Kailasa Temple.
Jainism: originated from India, and its followers are taught ways to achieve liberation and ways to live a life with a sense of harmlessness and renunciation. The goal of life, in Jainism, is to reach liberation by a life of purification, discipline, and nonviolence as taught by the Tirthankaras.
The sacred lotus on the ceiling of the 32rd cave. Used as an example of divine beauty and purity. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul and spirituality growth.