Saptamatra Cave S. side of Kailasa [Entrance to the Sapta Matarah Hall (Hall of Sacrifice), Kailasanatha Cave Temple (Cave XVI), Ellora.]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance to the so called 'Hall of Sacrifice' in the Kailasanatha Temple (Cave XVI) at Ellora, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1870s. 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. This shrine, dedicated to the Saptamatrikas, is situated on the south side of the court of the temple complex. The shafts of the columns of the verandah have female figures carved in full relief. Inside the shrine there are carved images of Durga, Chamunda and Kali and Ganesha with the Matrikas.