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Ellora Caves. Jaganatha Sabha

Ellora Caves. Jaganatha Sabha

Photographer: Johnston, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 2/3(44)

Item number: 44

Length: 23.9

Width: 29.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the facade of the Jaganatha Sabha cave temple at Ellora from the 'Lee-Warner Collection: 'Bombay Presidency. William Lee Warner C.S.' taken by J. Johnston in the 1870s. The site of Ellora is famous for its spectacular series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a basalt cliff. Jagannatha Sabha is one of a group of five Jain caves excavated under Rashtrakuta patronage in the 9th century to the north of the site. The façade of this red granite rock cave consists of an architrave supported by heavy columns with cushion capitals and ridged shafts with animal brackets. Inside are sculptured figures of Parasvanath and Mahavira, two of the Jain founders. There are two storeys; the balcony of the upper storey has elephant heads projecting outwards.

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