Wedding scene of Seeta [Shiva and Parvati] carved in Dhumar Lena Cave, Ellora
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the carved panel in the Dhumar Lena cave at Ellora, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of HH the Nizam's Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892', taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s. The spectacular site of Ellora, in Maharashtra, is renowned for its series of Buddhist, Hindu 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 the 9th centuries. Dhumar Lena (cave 29) is one of the earliest caves of the Hindu series and can be dated to the Kalachuri period of the early 6th Century, due to its similarity with the Elephanta cave. Large-scale sculpted wall panels on the sides represent Shaivite myths. The sculpture in this view depicts Shiva holding the hand of Parvati. Brahma, the priest, is seated on the floor making offerings into the fire. In the upper part of the panel there are semi-divine and divine flying figures.