[Sculptured panel of Shiva dancing the Lalitam in Hindu Cave XIV (Ravana ka khai), Ellora.]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculptured panel of Shiva dancing the Lalitam from the 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 known as Ravana ki khai is a single storey excavation dating from the early 7th century. It comprises a small sanctuary adjoining a square columned mandapa and verandah. There are figural panels on the back wall; the panel in this view represents Shiva with eight arms performing the Tandava dance in lalita pose. Flying gods are depicted above Shiva while three figures of musicians stand close to the god. Parvati together with two small figures are reclining against a pillar.