[Façade of Hindu Cave XXI (Ramesvara), Ellora.] 111
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the façade of Cave XXI (Rameshvara), at Ellora in Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1870s. 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 of the 6th century is renowned for its finely executed sculptures. A courtyard with Nandi seated on a plinth precedes a verandah. There are carved female figures 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.