[Gajalakshmi sculpture panel in Hindu Cave XIV (Ravana ka khai), Ellora.]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculpture panel of Gajalakshmi 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 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 large figural panels on the walls; the panel in this view is on the left wall and represents Lakshmi bathed by elephants.