Figures in Rameshwar cave [Ellora]
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of sculptured figure of goddesses in the Rameshvara Cave at Ellora from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of Caves of Ellora and Dowlatabad Fort in H.H. the Nizam's Dominions' 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 Hindu cave of Rameshvara dates from the late sixth century. In the report on the Elura Cave Temples of 1883, James Burgess wrote, "A very similar group of the Matris is found in the south side of the next cave No. XXII...Here Chamunda is represented in a ghastly form, while Varahi, like her husband, has a boar's head, and Sarasvati or Brahmi has three heads and holds a bottle. On the right end wall are Kala and Ganesa, and on the left Siva."