Shrine of the River Goddesses - north side of Kailas Court [Kailasanatha Cave Temple, Cave XVI, Ellora]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the shrine of the River Goddesses in the north-west corner of the Kailasanatha temple complex, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1870s. The site of Ellora has a spectacular series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a cliff of basalt. The Kailasanatha is the most noted rock-cut monument at Ellora; a free-standing temple rather than a cave, entirely sculpted out of a great mass of basalt. Patronized by different rulers of the Rashtrakuta dynasty from the mid-8th century, it symbolizes Mount Kailasa, abode of Shiva. The shrine in this view is dedicated to Ganga, Yamuna, and Sarasvati. It is situated at the north side of the court, behind one of the elephant sculptures. This is a view of the facade with three relief sculptures of the river goddesses visible on the back wall.