Interior of the Ramesvara rock-cut temple, looking towards sculpture at the far end
Photographer: Nepean, Henry Mack
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of the Rameshvara cave at Ellora in Maharashtra, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Henry Mack Nepean in 1868. 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 Hindu Cave Rameshvara dates to the 6th century and is renowned for its finely executed sculptures. A courtyard with Nandi seated on a plinth precedes the verandah. There are female figures carved on either side of the pillars on the verandah. The shafts are carved with bands of scrollwork and small figures of ghanas are seated at the corners of the base. This view shows the sculptural panel situated in the verandah of the cave depicting the seven Matrikas with Ganesha and Virabhadra.