'Rameswara, Nilakanta, Durvasa Rasi'. Engraving by Thomas Daniell after James Wales from [Plans of] Hindoo Excavations in the mountain of Ellora, published T Daniell, London, 1803. Pl. 3.
Engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Plan of Rameshvara, Nilakanta and Durvasa Rasi rock-cut temples at Ellora engraved by Thomas Daniell after the drawing of James Wales. Plate 3 of '[Plans of] Hindoo Excavations in the mountain of Ellora' published by Thomas Daniell in London in 1803.
Ellora is well-known for its series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a basalt cliff. The works were carried out under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the 6th and the 9th centuries. This view shows the plans of three of the Hindu temples. While the Rameshvara temple is famous for the beauty of its sculptures, the courtyard of the Nilakantha (a name of Shiva) temple is distinguished by the remains of a Nandi (Shiva's mount) that was placed in a free-standing mandapa.