[Front of South shrine of Hindu Cave XXI (Ramesvara), Ellora.]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the south shrine 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 dates to the late 6th century. The Cave is adorned with a series of finely executed, fully modelled sculptures. 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 and there are carved female figures on either side of the pillars on the verandah. This is a view of the south shrine with relief sculptures of the Sapta Matrikas, the seven Mothers, on the back wall.