End of Dhedwada [Dherwada] caves [Ellora]
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Dherwada Caves from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of Caves of Ellora and Dowlatabad Fort in H.H. the Nizam's Dominions' at Ellora taken by Deen Dayal in the 1890s. The spectacular site of Ellora, in Maharashtra, is famous for its series of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a cliff of basalt. The works were done 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, and dates back to the sixth century. It includes Caves 1 to 5. This view shows some of the cells with a large figure of seated Buddha and a pilaster carved with the pot and foliage motif and a medallion with flying figures.