Click here to skip to content

Interior of Buddhist Chaitya Hall, Cave X (Viskakarma), Ellora

Interior of Buddhist Chaitya Hall, Cave X (Viskakarma), Ellora

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 40/(14)

Item number: 14

Length: 9.4

Width: 8.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the interior of the Buddhist Chaitya Hall, Cave X, Viskakarma at Ellora in Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1870s. The spectacular site of Ellora is renowned for its series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a cliff of basalt. The works were carried out under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the 6th and 9th centuries. The cave known as Vishvakarma (named after the architect to the gods) of the 7th century cave is one of the latest rock-cut Buddhist Chaityas in Western India. The elaborate façade at the end of large open court has a pillared verandah which admits into a long hall in the interior with an open gallery above. At the end of the central aisle is a votive stupa and a seated Buddha image with Bodhisattvas at either side.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites

Newsletter

Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: