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Ellora. General view of cave-temple facades, seen from the Dherwara.

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Title: Ellora. General view of cave-temple facades, seen from the Dherwara.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Deccan-- Western Cave Temples-- Ellora;architecture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Ellora, located southwest of Ajanta in western India, has been the site for both Hindu and Buddhist constructions. The Buddhist caves date between the 5th to the 8th centuries A.D. as do the other structures of Hindu and Jainan origin. Buddhist imagery in the caves of Ellora is overshadowed by the Brahmanic cults' rich array of sculptural material. The worship of Siva in the form of the Siva and Parvati lingam is very strong in this area, and the monument dedicated to the god's worship, the Kailasantha rock-cut sanctuary, begun after several of the Buddhist temples had already been built, is overpowering in both size and amount of sculptural embellishment. Next to it, the Buddhist cave-temples seem austerely decorated.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1372


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