One of the temple entrances, Elephanta, Bombay
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of the 1860s shows one of the temple entrances on the island of Elephanta. The rock-cut temple dedicated to Shiva was excavated in the sixth century and consists of a series of chambers cut from the rock. At the centre is a hypostyle hall of 20 pillars in which stands the linga shrine. The columns of the hall have squat tapering shafts and cushion-like capitals. Two excavated courts are on the east and west of it. There are three entrances. The east entrance leads towards the sanctuary and the north entrance towards the great Trimurti, the triple-headed bust of Shiva. Large relief sculptures of the god Shiva decorate the interior of the cave.