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Indra Sabha - Indra & pillars [Sculpture of Indra in Indra Sabha Jain Cave Temple (Cave XXXII), Ellora.]

Indra Sabha - Indra & pillars [Sculpture of Indra in Indra Sabha Jain Cave Temple (Cave XXXII), Ellora.]

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 40/(108)

Item number: 108

Length: 15.2

Width: 19.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph a sculpture of Indra in Cave XXXII (Indra Sabha) at Ellora in Maharashtra, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1870s. The spectacular site of Ellora has a group of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples which extend for over 2 km on the west face of a basalt cliff. Indra Sabha is the largest of the Jain series excavated under Rashtrakuta patronage in the 9th century. A simple gateway leads to a courtyard which contains a monolithic shrine with a pyramidal roof. The interior of this double storey cave has a columned mandapa or hall with niches on the three sides and the sanctuary in the middle of the back wall. The sculpture in this view represents Indra seated on his mount the elephant Airavata.

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