[Sculptured panel of Varaha avatar of Vishnu in Hindu Cave XIV (Ravana ka khai), Ellora.]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculptured panel in Cave XIV (Ravana ka khai) at Ellora in Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1870s. The spectacular site of Ellora has a 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 Hindu Cave Ravana ki khai was excavated in the early 7th century. It is a single storey construction that comprises a small sanctuary adjoining a square mandapa and verandah. There are figural panels on the back wall; the panel in this view represents Varaha, the boar incarnation of Vishnu, lifting the earth goddess Prithvi.