[Façade of Hindu Cave XXI (Ramesvara), Ellora.] 43
Photographer: Johnston, J.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the façade of Cave XXI, Rameshvara, at Ellora in Maharashtra, from the right, taken by J. Johnston around 1874. 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. Large guardian figures stand on either side of the shrine, while at the end of the outer verandah there are large figural panels. Along the parapet is a frieze of elephants. This is a view from the right looking along the richly-carved façade.