Celebrated for its lofty temples and gigantic sculptures carved between the middle of the sixth and tenth centuries, Ellora has a rich artistic and architectural history. In this book, Dhavalikar offers an introduction to the magnificent world of Ellora caves and monuments--their history, patronage, religion, and iconography.
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According activity aisles attendants back wall Bodhisattvas Brahma Buddha Buddhist capitals carved Cave 16 Kailas Cave 21 cells central centre century chaitya cobra consists containing corner couple court crowned demon depicts devotee door Durga dwarfs elephant Ellora entrance excavated face female figures five flanked flying followed four front Ganesha Ganga goddess ground guardians hall head Hindu holding holding a lotus huge human incarnation Jaina killing king known later left hand linga lion lotus Mahavira main temple male mount mudra Nandi northern Padmapani paintings panel Parshvanath Parvati passage pilasters pillars Plan of Cave probably Rashtrakuta Ravana right hand rock-cut sculptures seated seen Shiva shown shows shrine side side walls similar sixth southern square squarish standing started story supported sword Tara temple third unfinished upper floor verandah vestibule Vidyadharas Vishnu wears western India worshipped