Ellora. Interior of Dhumar Lena or Seets Cave 22
Photographer: Johnston, J.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of Dhumar Lena Cave at Ellora, taken by J. Johnston in the 1870s. The spectacular site of Ellora is famous for its series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a basalt cliff. The works were done under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the 6th and the 9th centuries. This is one of the earliest caves of the Hindu series at Ellora which date from the late 6th century. The columns of the interior have tall, elaborately carved rectangular shafts and cushion-like capitals. The square sanctuary on the back wall has four entrances guarded by large guardian figures. The cave is decorated by large sculpted panels depicting various aspects of Shiva.