Deowara caves [Dherwada Cave Temple, Ellora]
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Ellora from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of Caves of Ellora and Dowlatabad Fort in H.H. the Nizam's Dominions' taken by Deen Dayal in the 1890s. 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 group of the so-called Dherwada caves represents the southernmost group of the Buddhist caves, and dates back to the sixth century.