View of a Shiva image, Elephanta, Bombay
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculptured panel depicting Shiva from the cave temple at Elephanta, Bombay, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. The great cave temple dedicated to Shiva was excavated during the sixth century in the Kalachuri period. It consists of a series of rock-cut chambers with entrances on the east, north and west. At the centre there is a hypostyle hall of 20 pillars in which stands the linga shrine. A large three-headed sculpture represents the Trimurti, the three profiles of the god Shiva, and large sculpture panels depicting Shiva's different aspects adorn the walls of the cave. These are considered among the masterpieces of Hindu sculpture. The panel in this view represents Shiva in his fierce aspect impaling the demon Andaka.