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Gurpreet @gurichopra
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Few excerpts from today. Pure bliss! Kailashnath Mandir at Ellora is unbelievably, a man-made ode to Mahadeva. Moment u enter, the scale&sculptures will Stun. Though badly mutilated, they can STILL give you goosebumps. Its like walking thru a time portal to Bharat's Golden age!😍
I might as well have been in Pattadakallu!To the untrained eye, these could be shrines from the Virupaksha or mallikarjuna temple. The Ratha model with Gajas & Simhas as the wheels shows that with Kailashnath, Hindu temple architecture under the Badami Chalukyas & Rashtrakutas.
Gajasurasamhara-murthy! 🙏🌸This sculpture is present at the lower section of Nandi mandapa. One of the best works at Kailashnath. Mahadeva holds up the skin of slain Gajasura& performs Tandava,while caressing Devi's cheek at the same time!L right-Saptamatrikas & ganesh are seen.
Beautiful depiction of Mahadeva performing Ananda Tandava in Cave 15. Devi looks with rapture. Devas flock for a glimpse. Upper right-Kartikeya, Vishnu on Garud, Agni on Ram, Indra on Airavat. Upper left-Brahma on Hamsa & Ganesh below. Mahadevs stance,mukut &Jata are stunning!😍
Exquisite carving of Gajalakshmi frm Cave 14. Gajas perform Akhanda Abhishek while Devi sits on a Kamal, facing a Lotus Pond. Nagas rise from it, making offerings to Devi. The columns are a unique feature of this Cave, embellished with graceful Madanikas. Unfortunately mutilated.
Ravana-Anugraha murthy. Ravana tries to lift Kailasha parvat. Seeing Devi inconvenienced, Mahadeva pulls her close & presses his feet to the ground, pinning Ravana below. You can see his back & discomfort on Ravanas face. A beautiful bejewelled Apsara stands on lower Right.
This is so far, my most favored depiction of Mahadeva & Devi playing Chausar. Here Devi's stance suggests that shes teasing Mahadeva, after winning the game! Her right hand gesture seems to be questioning Mahadeva on his defeat.😊Devis Hairdo &Jewellery is Particularly noticeable
Some more clicks from today. The walls of Cave 29 - Dumar Lena, are carved with massive panels dedicated to episodes from Mahadevas life. It is a prayer in stone to Adi-Dev & Devi! A twin of the Elephanta Island caves, it wins on account of sheer size of the sculptures.
Exquisite panel of Andhaka-vadha. Mahadeva in ugra avatar, kills Andhaka with his Trishul. Andhaka still performs a pranam, as he attains mukti. Deva also holds up elephant skin& a vessel to capture his blood. Almost 3D effect, like Mahadeva will step out of the panel any moment!
Kalyan Sundarmurthy. Beautiful panel showing Mahadeva's & Devi Parvati's wedding. Devas flock to attend the ceremony while Brahma officiates as priest (Bottom Right). Amazing how the sculptors could portray expressions - Devi looks coy as the bride, while Mahadev holds her hand
Ellora boasts of one of the most intricately carved Jaina cave temples. The shrines consist primarily of Mahavir surrounded by other Jinas or Dwarapalas. The interiors of these caves once completely painted & traces of it can still be seen today.
Such representations are repetitively seen in the Jain caves. The sanctum consists of a sculpture of Mahavir seated in Padmasan. On the outside, Parshwanath to the left with hood of snake above him-his unique symbol. Bahubali is seen on the right.
Exquisite renditions of Parshwanath & Bahubali. Parshwanathn is always identified by the snake hoods above the head. Whereas Bahubali has a chatra &creepers moving along the body, as he stood absolutely still as part of his penance. Bahubali at Sravanbelagola has same iconography
Buddhist cave shrines co-exist at Ellora with Hindu & Jain temples. Buddha is represented in different mudras, always surrounded by attendants or Boddhisatvas. In the clock below, Gautam Sakyamuni Buddha sits in Padmasana atop the lion throne. Left-Padmapani & Right-Vajrapani.
Here Padmapani (Holding lotus) is seen with his 2 consorts -Blue Tara & White Tara, a rare depiction. They are surrounded by various Buddhas. Another unique panel at ellora is depiction of 7 Buddhas in Padmasana on Lotus thrones-Probably signifiying Buddha's previous births.
Oh and the climb to the top is worth it! 😍😍😍
View of the mountains & lush greenery all around. Something akin to what one might have viewed from the same spot, centuries ago, while these caves were under active use.
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