Ellora. Interior of Dhumar Lena or Seets Cave 23
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. The cave called Dhumar Lena is one of the earliest caves of the Hindu series and dates from the Kalachuri period from the early 6th century, as denoted by the similarity between its columns and those at the Elephanta cave. Two sculptures of lions guard the south entrance and large-scale sculpted wall panels on the sides represent Shaivite myths.