[Sculptured panel of Shiva riding in a chariot, on the north side of the entrance to Cave XVI (Kailasanatha), Ellora.]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculptured panel of Shiva riding in a chariot from the Kailasanatha temple at Ellora in Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1870s. The Kailasanatha, the most noted of all the splendours of Ellora, is a free-standing temple entirely sculpted out of a great mass of basalt. Patronized by different rulers of the Rashtrakuta dynasty from the mid-8th century, it symbolizes Mount Kailasa, abode of Shiva. A tall screen marks the entrance which is flanked by sculptures of river goddesses. The temple has three sections; a Nandi shrine, a mandapa, and the main sanctuary. The principal shrine is topped by a pyramidal tower (shikara). Sculptural friezes in the temple depict tales from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and of of the Life of Shiva. The sculptured panel in this view is situated on the north side of the entrance to the rock-cut temple.