Elephanta - Shiva as Mahayogi [or Lakulisha?]
Photographer: Sykes, D.H.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculptured panel of Shiva as Lakulisha in the cave temple of Elephanta in Maharashtra, taken by D.H. Sykes around 1871 in James Burgess' illustrated book 'The Rock-Temples of Elephanta or Gharapuri'. The great Shiva temple at Elephanta was excavated during the 6th century, Kalachuri period and contains a square linga shrine flanked by two excavated courts. The interior of the cave is decorated with large panel relief showing Shiva in his fiercely and peaceful aspects. This large sculpture panel is situated on the left of the north entrance and represents Shiva under the aspect of Lakulisha, undertaking penance. The god is seated cross legged in the padmasana position and his face is placid and contemplative.