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Ellora Cave Temples

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Cave 16
River goddess - Yamuna

Near the front of the northern wall, a small Shrine is dedicated to the River Goddesses. This contains beautiful images of the goddesses Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. The goddess of the Ganges on her crocodile is in the center, Yamuna on her tortoise appears at the left, and Saraswati on a lotus pedestal at the right.

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River goddess - Ganga

Near the front of the northern wall, a small Shrine is dedicated to the River Goddesses. This contains beautiful images of the goddesses Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. The goddess of the Ganges on her crocodile is in the center, Yamuna on her tortoise appears at the left, and Saraswati on a lotus pedestal at the right.

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River goddess - Yamuna

Near the front of the northern wall, a small Shrine is dedicated to the River Goddesses. This contains beautiful images of the goddesses Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. The goddess of the Ganges on her crocodile is in the center, Yamuna on her tortoise appears at the left, and Saraswati on a lotus pedestal at the right.

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River goddess - Yamuna

Near the front of the northern wall, a small Shrine is dedicated to the River Goddesses. This contains beautiful images of the goddesses Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. The goddess of the Ganges on her crocodile is in the center, Yamuna on her tortoise appears at the left, and Saraswati on a lotus pedestal at the right.

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River goddess - Ganga

Near the front of the northern wall, a small Shrine is dedicated to the River Goddesses. This contains beautiful images of the goddesses Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. The goddess of the Ganges on her crocodile is in the center, Yamuna on her tortoise appears at the left, and Saraswati on a lotus pedestal at the right.

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River goddess - Yamuna

Near the front of the northern wall, a small Shrine is dedicated to the River Goddesses. This contains beautiful images of the goddesses Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. The goddess of the Ganges on her crocodile is in the center, Yamuna on her tortoise appears at the left, and Saraswati on a lotus pedestal at the right.

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River goddess - Saraswati

Near the front of the northern wall, a small Shrine is dedicated to the River Goddesses. This contains beautiful images of the goddesses Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. The goddess of the Ganges on her crocodile is in the center, Yamuna on her tortoise appears at the left, and Saraswati on a lotus pedestal at the right.

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Passage toward Lankeshwara cave

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Passage toward Lankeshwara cave - far end Gajalakshmi

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Pillar detail

Incomplete smaller shrines in the lower level of Lankeshwara

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Pillar detail

Incomplete smaller shrines in the lower level of Lankeshwara

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Incomplete smaller shrines in the lower level and around Lankeshwara

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Incomplete smaller shrines in the lower level and around Lankeshwara

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Incomplete smaller shrines in the lower level of Lankeshwara

column detail

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Incomplete smaller shrines in the lower level of Lankeshwara

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In the North Gallery - Ravana offering nine of his ten heads to Siva

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In the North Gallery - Ravana offering nine of his ten heads to Siva

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In the North Gallery - seated Siva and Parvati

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In the North Gallery - seated Siva and Parvati

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In the North Gallery - seated Siva and Parvati

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In the North Gallery - four armed Siva

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In the North Gallery - seated Siva and Parvati (arguing?)

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In the North Gallery - Kubera

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In the North Gallery - Ravana Shaking Kailasa (unfinished)

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In the North Gallery - Siva Vinadhara (with vina)

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In the North Gallery - Siva and Parvati playing chaupat

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In the North Gallery - Rama and Lakshmana worship Siva

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Sculpture gallery

This corridor with a colonnade has a row of sculptures.

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1 of 2>>Sculpture gallery

This corridor with a colonnade has a row of sculptures.

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<<2 of 2

This corridor with a colonnade has a row of sculptures.

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Sculpture gallery

This corridor with a colonnade has a row of sculptures.

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Sculpture gallery

This corridor with a colonnade has a row of sculptures.

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In the East gallery - Siva emerging from lingam rescues Markandeya from Yama

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In the East gallery - Marriage of Siva and Parvati

Kalyanasundaramurti

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In the East gallery - Siva killing Andhaka

Andhakasuravadha

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In the East gallery - Siva destroying the three towns (Tripura)

Tripurantaka

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In the East gallery - seated Siva and Parvati

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In the East gallery - seated Siva and Parvati

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In the East gallery - Siva as Lakulisa, with club

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In the East gallery - Siva emerging from the lingam

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In the East gallery - The descent of the Ganges

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In the East gallery - Harihara (Vishna and Siva combined)

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In the East gallery - Siva

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In the East gallery - Brahma

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In the East gallery - Brahma

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In the East gallery - Siva

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In the East gallery - Siva

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In the East gallery - Siva as mendicant (Bhikshatana)

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In the East gallery - Siva dancing the Tandava

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In the East gallery - Siva

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In the East gallery - Siva and Parvati

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In the East gallery - Siva being rescued from lotus pond by Parvati

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In the East gallery - Siva being rescued from lotus pond by Parvati

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1 of 2>>In the East gallery - Siva

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<<2 of 2In the East gallery - Siva

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In the South Gallery - Vishnu

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In the South Gallery - Vishnu

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In the South Gallery - Siva half-man half-woman (Ardhanarisvara)

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In the South Gallery - Siva half-man half-woman (Ardhanarisvara)

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In the South Gallery - Siva

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In the South Gallery - Siva

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1 of 2>>In the South Gallery - Ravana tries to lift the lingam

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<<2 of 2In the South Gallery - Ravana tries to lift the lingam

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In the South Gallery - Ravana tries to lift the lingam

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In the South Gallery - Narasimha (Man-lion incarnation of Vishnu)

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In the South Gallery - Narasimha (Man-lion incarnation of Vishnu)

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In the South Gallery - Vishnu on the Serpent

Seshasayi Vishnu

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In the South Gallery - Vishnu on the Serpent

Seshasayi Vishnu

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In the South Gallery - Krishna lifting Mount Govardhana

Govardhandhari

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In the South Gallery - Vishnu as Trivikrama (Incarnation as Vamana, the dwarf)

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In the South Gallery - Vishnu on his sun-bird Garuda

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In the South Gallery - Vishnu as Varaha (Boar incarnation)

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In the South Gallery - Vishnu as Varaha (Boar incarnation)

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In the South Gallery - Krishna battling the serpent Kaliya

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In the South Gallery - Krishna battling the serpent Kaliya

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In the South Gallery - Vishnu

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In the South Gallery - Vishnu

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In the South Gallery - Annapurna, goddess of food

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South Gallery - sculptural corridore

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South Gallery - Vishnu

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Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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1 of 3>>Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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<<2 of 3>>Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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<<3 of 3Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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1 of 4>>Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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<<2 of 4>>Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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<<3 of 4>>Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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<<4 of 4Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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West facing cave below Saptamatrika shrine - ceiling detail with lotus

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1 of 2>>West facing cave below Saptamatrika shrine - ceiling detail with lotus

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<<2 of 2West facing cave below Saptamatrika shrine - ceiling detail with lotus

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Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple - linga

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1 of 3>>Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple - linga

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<<2 of 3>>

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<<3 of 3Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple - linga

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Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple - ribbed vault ceiling detail

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Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple - ribbed vault ceiling detail

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Shrine on the south wall of main Kailasa temple

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1 of 2>>Shrine on the south wall of main Kailasa temple - dwarapala in the far corner

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Shrine on the south wall of main Kailasa temple

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1 of 2>>Inner court facing outward

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Plinth details

various huge beasts are carved all around the shrine's high plinth or platform including elephants, leonine and other bestial forms with furious energy.

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Inner court facing outward

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Inner court facing outward

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Inner court facing outward

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<<2 of 2Inner court facing outward

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Inner court

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Plinth details

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Plinth detail

various huge beasts are carved all around the shrine's high plinth or platform including elephants, leonine and other bestial forms with furious energy.

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Plinth detail

various huge beasts are carved all around the shrine's high plinth or platform including elephants, leonine and other bestial forms with furious energy.

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Plinth detail

various huge beasts are carved all around the shrine's high plinth or platform including elephants, leonine and other bestial forms with furious energy.

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Plinth detail

various huge beasts are carved all around the shrine's high plinth or platform including elephants, leonine and other bestial forms with furious energy.

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Plinth detail

various huge beasts are carved all around the shrine's high plinth or platform including elephants, leonine and other bestial forms with furious energy.

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Sthambha detail

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Sthambha and elephant in the main court of the Kailash temple complex

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Sthambha and elephant in the main court of the Kailash temple complex

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Court with main shrine entrance

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Sthambha (north side)

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Nandimandapa attached to the main shrine

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Nandimandapa attached to the main shrine

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River goddess shrine (lower level) with incomplete shrine on top level

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1 of 2>>Free standing elephant sculpture in the court

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<<2 of 2Free standing elephant sculpture in the court

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Sthambha (north side)

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Sthambha (north side)

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Gajalakshmi flanked by dwarapalas on either side - main entrance to the Kailasa complex

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Free standing elephant sculpture at the main court (South side)

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Sthambha (South side)

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Sthambha (South side)

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Main entrance to the Kailasa complex (seen from inside)

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Kailasa (south)

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Kailasa (south)

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Kailasa (south wall)

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Kailasa ground floor entrance

Ravana shaking Kailasa is visible to the right of the doorway

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Kailasa ground floor entrance

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Kailasa temple detail

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Kailasa temple detail

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Sthambha

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Elepjant in the court

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1 of 2>>Sthambha

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<<2 of 2Sthambha

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Sthambha

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Left dwarapala and wall details of the Nandi mandapa - lower level

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Seated Ganesha on the main temple wall

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Seated Ganesha on the main temple wall

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Mahishasuramardini on the main temple wall

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Dwarapala

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Dwarapala

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Small shrine at the main entrance of the temple complex

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Small shrine at the main entrance of the temple complex

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Small shrine at the main entrance of the temple complex

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Small shrine at the main entrance of the temple complex

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Small shrine at the main entrance of the temple complex

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Sculptural detail - Shrine at the entrance of the temple complex

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Sculptural detail - Shrine at the entrance of the temple complex

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Loose sculture at the entrance of temple complex

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1 of 5>>Right dwarapala and wall details of the Nandi mandapa - lower level

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<<2 of 5>>Dwarapala at the entrance oppossite the Gajalakshmi panel

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<<3 of 5>>Dwarapala at the entrance oppossite the Gajalakshmi panel

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<<4 of 5>>Dwarapala at the entrance oppossite the Gajalakshmi panel

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1 of 2>>Dwarapala at the entrance oppossite the Gajalakshmi panel

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<<2 of 2Dwarapala at the entrance oppossite the Gajalakshmi panel

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<<5 of 5Dwarapala at the entrance oppossite the Gajalakshmi panel

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Dwarapala (left) at the entrance flanking Gajalakshmi

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Dwarapala (right) at the entrance flanking Gajalakshmi

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Dwarapala (right) at the entrance flanking Gajalakshmi

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Yaksha Padmanidhi

Padmanidhi with a lotus at the right, each with a flying couple above, flank the inner doorway, from which one enters into the courtyard area.

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Siva Killing the demon Andhaka at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex

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Gajalakshmi, at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex

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1 of 2>>Gajalakshmi, at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex

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<<2 of 2Gajalakshmi, at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex

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1 of 2>>Gajalakshmi, at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex

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<<2 of 2Gajalakshmi, at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex

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Mahishamardini, Lankeshwara Cave

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex - Linga

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex - Linga

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Linga

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Linga

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Trimurti

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Trimurti

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasa temple complex Vishnu

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Linga

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Linga

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Trimurti

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - dwarapala

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Ganesha

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Linga

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Linga and Trimurti

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - lotus medallion

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - dwarapala

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - dwarapala

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Saptamatrika

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Saptamatrika

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Saptamatrika

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Smaller caves around Kailasha temple complex - Saptamatrika

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sub shrine in Kailasa temple complex

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sub shrine in Kailasa temple complex

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Dwarapala

Two ascetics with jata headdresses, seated at ease on long carved stools, guard the porch at the left and right.

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Dwarapala

Two ascetics with jata headdresses, seated at ease on long carved stools, guard the porch at the left and right.

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Ganesa at the left - entrance to the main temple conplex

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Mahishasuramardini to the right - entrance to the main temple conplex

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Dwarapala - main entrance to the complex

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Dwarapala - main entrance to the complex

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Gajalakshmi, main entrance to the complex

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Dwarapala - main entrance to the complex

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Dwarapala - main entrance to the complex

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Dwarapala - main entrance to the complex

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Dwarapala - main entrance to the complex

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Elephant at the main courtyard of the Kailasha temple complex

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Lanskeshwar cave

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Main temple

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Main temple

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Main temple

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Main temple - plinth detail

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Main temple - plinth detail

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Plinth detail

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Plinth detail

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Plinth detail

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Court yard

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Court yard

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Main entrance (facade from the inner courtyard)

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<<2 of 2sub shrine in the courtyard

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River goddess shrine

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Courtyard

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Mahishamardini at the entrance

On the inner (east) wall of the monument at the entrance, beyond the dvarapalas, we see the goddess Durga in battle; Krishna holding Mount Govardhana; the god of love Kama with his consort Rati; Vishnu with Laksmi; and finally Vishnu riding Garuda.

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Krishna holding Mount Govardhana

On the inner (east) wall of the monument at the entrance, beyond the dvarapalas, we see the goddess Durga in battle; Krishna holding Mount Govardhana; the god of love Kama with his consort Rati; Vishnu with Laksmi; and finally Vishnu riding Garuda.

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The god of love Kama with his consort Rati

On the inner (east) wall of the monument at the entrance, beyond the dvarapalas, we see the goddess Durga in battle; Krishna holding Mount Govardhana; the god of love Kama with his consort Rati; Vishnu with Laksmi; and finally Vishnu riding Garuda.

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Panels at teh entrance of the main temple complex

On the inner (east) wall of the monument at the entrance, beyond the dvarapalas, we see the goddess Durga in battle; Krishna holding Mount Govardhana; the god of love Kama with his consort Rati; Vishnu with Laksmi; and finally Vishnu riding Garuda.

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Dwarapala at the main entrance

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River goddess shrine (second floor)

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Ravana shaking Kailasa

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Dwarapalika

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Dwarapalika

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Sculptural panel at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex

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Sculptural panel at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex - detail

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Court yard with elephant

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Court yard with elephant

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Sculptural panel at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex

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Brahma, mail temple wall

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Tripurantaka

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Sculptural panel at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex

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Sculptural panel at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex

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Sculptural panel in the main temple wall (exterior)

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Sculptural panel in the main temple wall (exterior)

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Sculptural panel in the main temple wall (exterior) - Nataraja

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Sculptural panel in the main temple wall (exterior)

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Sculptural panel in the main temple wall (exterior)

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Siva Killing the demon Andhaka at the entrance to the Kailasa temple complex

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Yaksha Padmanidhi

Padmanidhi with a lotus at the right, each with a flying couple above, flank the inner doorway, from which one enters into the courtyard area.

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Sculptural panel in the main temple wall (exterior) - Ravana shaking Kailasa

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Sculptural panel in the main temple wall (exterior) - Ravana shaking Kailasa

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Steps leading to the main temple

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Sculptural plan on teh exterior wall of teh main temple

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth

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Plinth details

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Plinth

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Ravana shaking Kailasa

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Plinth details

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Plinth details

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Sculptural panel on the main temple (exterior) - Samudramanthan and other Ramayana panels

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1 of 2>>Sculptural panel on the main temple (exterior) - Brahma

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<<2 of 2Sculptural panel on the main temple (exterior) - Brahma

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Dwarapala

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The main temple (exterior) - painted walls

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Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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Sculptural panel on the main temple (exterior)

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Sculptural panel on the main temple (exterior) - Ramayana panel

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Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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<<2 of 2Triple stoyred excavation on the south side of Kailasa main temple

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery - Standing Siva

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Sculpture gallery

In the East gallery - Siva emerging from lingam rescues Markandeya from Yama

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Sculpture gallery - Kalyanasundaramurti

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Sculpture gallery - Andhakasuravadha

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Sculpture gallery - Tripurantaka

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Sculpture gallery - Siva Parvati

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In the East gallery - Siva as Lakulisa, with club

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In the East gallery - Siva emerging from the lingam

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In the East gallery - The descent of the Ganges

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In the East gallery - Siva

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery - Nataraja

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery - Narasimha

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Sculpture gallery - Seshasayi Vishnu

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Sculpture gallery - Govardhangiri

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Sculpture gallery - Trivikrama

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Sculpture gallery - Vishnu on Garuda

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Sculpture gallery - Varaha

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture gallery

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Sculpture on the exterior wall of teh main temple - Narasimha

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Sculptural panel on the main temple (exterior) with architectural details

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Sculptural panel on the main temple (exterior) with architectural details

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Linga

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Sculptural panel on the main temple (exterior) - Brahma

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Sthambha in the court yard

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Gajalakshmi

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Courtyard

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Inner wall

Vishnu, as Trivikrama and Brahma

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Inner wall

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Inner wall

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Inner wall

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Outer wall - Facade detail with Karttikeya, Agni and Vayu

Karttikeya, god of war, riding on his peacock; Agni, god of fire, riding his ram, he is the regent of the southeast; Vayu, god of air, riding a deer, he is the regent of the northwest.

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Outer wall facade detail - dansing Siva

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Naga and Nagini - outer wall of main facade

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Left wall of the main facade wall at the entrance with River goddess

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Right wall of the main facade wall at the entrance with River goddess and Naga

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Right wall of the main facade wall at the entrance with Naga and Nagini

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Right wall of the main facade wall at the entrance with Naga and Nagini

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Right wall of the main facade wall at the entrance

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Main shrine facade - Varaha

Varaha, rescuing the earth goddess (latter destroyed)

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Main shrine facade - Varaha

Varaha, rescuing the earth goddess (latter destroyed)

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Outer wall facade - seated Vishnu and Trivikrama

Vishnu seated on the Sun-bird Garuda; second panel: Vishnu, as Trivikrama, takes three great strides, to rescue the universe.

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Main shrine facade - Narasimha

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Main shrine facade - Narasimha

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Main shrine facade - dancing Siva, with Parvati at his side

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Main shrine facade - dancing Siva, with Parvati at his side

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Main shrine facade - Narasimha

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Main shrine facade - Narasimha

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Main shrine facade - dancing Siva, with Parvati at his side

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Main facade and entry gate to the Kailash temple

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