View from the interior of the Dumar Lena rock-cut temple, looking towards a supporting pillar of the verandah and sculpture of Durga, Ellora
Photographer: Nepean, Henry Mack
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the verandah of the Dhumar Lena cave at Ellora, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Henry Mack Nepean in 1868. The spectacular site of Ellora is renowned for its series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a cliff of basalt. The works were carried out under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the 6th and 9th centuries. Dhumar Lena is one of the earliest caves of the Hindu series and dates from the Kalachuri period, early 6th century, as denoted by the similarity between its columns and those at the Elephanta cave. One of the stone lions flanking the entrance steps can be partly seen at the right of this view. The cave is decorated by large-scale sculpted wall panels on the sides representing Shaivite myths.