Shiva and Parvati. Figures near the Water Cave, Caves of Elephanta
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a panel that represents the marriage of Shiva and Parvati in the cave temple at Elephanta in Maharashtra from the Earl of Jersey Collection: 'India. Bombay to Madras', taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. The rock-cut temple of Elephanta is dedicated to Shiva and was created in the mid-6th century, Kalachuri period. This large panel, situated on the south wall at the western end of the shrine represents the Marriage of Shiva and Parvati, in the presence of Brahma and various celestial beings. The god and his consort turn slightly towards each other and their inward-looking expression suggests a feeling of intimacy. Shiva' s hand, now broken, was originally holding Parvati's hand.