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Ellora: Shedvada 2nd story

Ellora: Shedvada 2nd story

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2215

Item number: f.10

Genre: Drawing

Plan showing sections of Cave V (left) and Cave VI (right) 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 Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky fa├žade of a cliff of basalt. The works were done under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the 6th and the 9th centuries. Cave V and Cave VI are both Buddhist caves dating from the 7th century used as viharas (monasteries) and are situated on the south end of Ellora. Cave V has a long spacious hall and several residential cells. A key feature of Cave V are the two long lines of benches carved out of the floor which were probably intended for the use of the monks when studying or dining. Cave VI consists of a central hall, two side halls, an antechamber, a main shrine, as well as several cells along the sides of the monastery. Several key figures featured in this cave include Tara and the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.

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