The Entrance to Kailasa
Engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Plate 12 of 'Hindoo Excavations in the Mountain of Ellora near Aurangabad,' engraved by Thomas Daniell after the drawings of his deceased friend James Wales, which Daniell regarded as the sixth set of his 'Oriental Scenery.' The Kailasanath Temple, which represents the climax of rock-cut phase of Indian architecture, was patronised by Krishna I (c.756-73) and then successive kings of the Rashtrakuta dynasty. The principal shrine stands in the middle of a courtyard enclosed in a walled complex entered through a two-storeyed gate, all of it entirely hewn from the rock. Figures of guardians, the Dikpalas and the river goddesses are carved on the sides of the gateway and its extension screens.