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Cave 33, called the Indra-Sabha

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Title: Cave 33, called the Indra-Sabha
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Deccan-- Western Cave Temples-- Ellora-- Ellora - Cave temples 21-33;architecture;stone sculpture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The Jainas went on cutting sanctuaries in the rocks of Ellora until relatively recently. The style of this cave is more recent than that of the Kailasanatha. This sanctuary has two storeys, supported by many, richly decorated pillars. The upper storey contains the statues of the 24 Tirthankaras [or] Jaina prophets, and representations of gods worshipped by the Jainas, especially Indra, and Indrani. The ceiling of the main sanctuary is carved in the form of an immense lotus flower. Indra and Indrani face each other from either end of the gallery of the first floor. Here we see Indra seated on his elephant and attended by two servants. Above the god a flower-garland on which peacocks are seated, shelters his head. The cave of Indra-Sabha is one of the most delicately decorated of the Ellora Caves.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1525


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