Ellora. General view of the Dher-warra [Dherwada] (or outcasts quarter)
Photographer: Johnston. J
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the facade of the Dherwada caves 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. The works were carried out 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, Caves 1 to 5 and dates back to the sixth century.