[Façade of Hindu Cave XXIX (Dumar Lena), Ellora.]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Cave XXIX, Dumar Lena, 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 face of a basalt cliff. The works were carried out under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the 6th and 9th centuries. Dhumar Lena is one of the earliest caves of the Hindu series and dates from the Kalachuri period in the 6th century, as denoted by the similarity between its columns and those at the Elephanta cave. There are large-scale sculpted wall panels in the outer aisles representing Shaivite myths. This is a view of the façade after restoration showing the steps flanked by stone lions.