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Ellora: Dherwada Cave, Cave II

Ellora: Dherwada Cave, Cave II

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2215

Item number: f.5v-6

Genre: Drawing

Ground plan of Dherwada, Cave II at Ellora from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [from the] Report on the Elura Caves.' The spectacular site of Ellora, in Maharashtra, is famous for its series of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a cliff of basalt. The works were done under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the sixth and the ninth centuries. The single-storey excavation in this view is in the southernmost group of the Buddhist caves, and dates back to the sixth century. It consists of a long spacious hall or vihara which was used as a Buddhist monastery as it is indicated by the residential cells cut into the side walls. The two long lines of benches carved out of the floor were probably intended for the use of the monks when studying or dining. The hall is divided into three aisles by two rows of columns. Inscribed: 'Dhevada Ground Plan'

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