Panel in Ravana ka kai - Siva & Parvati at Chaupat [Cave XIV, Ellora]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculpture of Shiva and Parvati in the Ravana-ka-Khai cave Temple (Cave XXIV) at Ellora in Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens around the 1870s. 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 Ravana ki khai is a single storey excavation of the early 7th century. It comprises a small sanctuary adjoining a square mandapa and verandah. Large figural panels decorate the walls; the sculpture in this view depicts Shiva and Parvati seated, playing dice, in their abode on Mount Kailasa. There are celestial beings above and in the lower register the bull Nandi plays with semi-divine beings, the ghanas.