View in the Kailasanatha temple at Ellora
Medium: Photographic print
The Kailasa Temple is a gigantic monolithic temple complex dedicated to Shiva built in the mid- 8th Century by successive kings of the Rashtrakuta dynasty. This view shows one of the two obelisks that are on either side of the main temple, decorated with relief carvings. Like the entire Kailasa complex they were made by excavation and not construction. Throughout the temple there is elaborate sculptural decoration. Figural sculptures apear in pilastered wall niches and the walls are covered with narrative friezes depicting episodes from the Mahabharata epic and battle scenes from the Ramayana.