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Kailasanatha temple from the northwest

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Title: Kailasanatha temple from the northwest
Author(s): Zimmer, Heinrich Robert
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Deccan-- Western Cave Temples-- Ellora-- Kailasanatha Temple;architecture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: In front of the porch on the main axis is a shrine for Siva's bull Nandi. Two lesser portions radiating from the main narthex give the temple a roughly cruciform plan. Around the sanctum are carved five lesser shrines, like chapels in an ambulatory. The exterior decoration of all these structures and of the Nandi porch preceding the main complex consists of niches enclosing statues of deities and engaged columns of the Dravidian order. These niches consist of slender colonettes supporting an overhanging cornice of the Bengali roof type, surmounted in turn by a finial in the shape of a chaitya arch. The same type of heavy convex cornice is repeated in the entablature of the main buildings. (Rowland, pp. 184-5)
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1426


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