[Sculpture of Shiva dancing the Lalitam, interior of Hindu Ravan ka khai Cave (Cave 14), Ellora.]
Photographer: Johnston, J.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculpture of dancing Shiva, inside the Cave 14, Ravana Ka Khai, at Ellora in Maharashtra, taken by J. Johnston around 1874. 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. Large figural panels depicting Shaivite and Vaishnava figures ornate the walls. 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 with two small figures are reclining against a pillar.