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[Façade of Ravana ka khai], Ellora

[Façade of Ravana ka khai], Ellora

Photographer: Johnston, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 303/1(121)

Item number: 121

Length: 13.8

Width: 20.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the entrance to the Ravana ki khai temple at Ellora, part of the Allardyce Collection: Album of views and portraits in Berar and Hyderabad, taken by J. Johnston in the 1860s. The site of Ellora has a spectacular series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky fa├žade 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. The cave known as Ravana ki khai was a Buddhist vihara that was converted to a temple dedicated to Shiva in the early 7th century. It consists of a small sanctuary adjoining a square columned mandapa and verandah. Inside, figural panels depict Shaivite and Vaishnava figures.

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