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Elephanta - Ganesha's Chapel

Elephanta - Ganesha's Chapel

Photographer: Sykes, D.H.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 969/(13)

Item number: 96913

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Ganesha shrine 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 consists of a series of chambers cut from the rock with entrances on the east, north and west. The square sanctuary is situated in a hypostyle hall with 20 pillars which is flanked by 2 excavated courts and a smaller temple. This is a view looking towards the side chapel on the west side of the smaller temple, showing the back wall with sculptures of Matrikas with Karttikeya and Ganesha. Other large-scale figural panels on the walls depict different aspects of Shiva.

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