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Ellora: Marriage of Shiva in Dumar Lena

Ellora: Marriage of Shiva in Dumar Lena

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2217

Item number: f.32

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of the marriage of Shiva at the Dhumar Lena, Cave XXIX at Ellora from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [of] Elura Cave Temples Brahmanical and Jaina, IIII.' The spectacular site of Ellora, in Maharashtra, is famous for its series of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky fa├žade of a cliff of basalt. The works were carried out under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the sixth and the ninth centuries. Dhumar Lena, cave XXIX, is one of the earliest caves of the Hindu series can be dated to the Kalachuri period of the early 6th Century, due to its similarity with the Elephanta cave. Large-scale sculpted wall panels on the sides represent Shaivite myths. The sculpture in this view depicts Shiva holding the hand of Parvati. Brahma, the priest, is seated on the floor making offerings into the fire. In the upper part of the panel there are semi-divine and divine flying figures.

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