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Ellora Cave Temples

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Cave 15
Facade Das Avatara Cave

Cave 15, started toward the very end of late Buddhist phase of work at Ellora, was interrupted in mid-course by the Rastrakuta Dantidurga's conquest of the region in about 750 A.D or (more probably) just before. Also called the Das Avatara--referring to the ten manifestation of Vishnu, a few of which are indeed shown in the cave, is in fact a Saiva dedication, attested by the presence of lingam shrine. However, its vast pillared plan, so akin to those of the late Buddhist Caves 11 and 12, to say nothing of its placement close to them (separated only by the earlier Caves 13 and 14) recommend the theory that it was in fact started as a late Buddhist vihara. What seems to confirm this view is the presence of small images of seated Buddhas on the front pillar capitals of the upper floor, together with figures of seated female figures, presumably Taras, on the two pilaster capitals.

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1 of 2>>Nandi mandapa

Sometimes called a Dancing Hall, this monolithic structure may have been a shrine for the devoted bull Nandi. Despite its necessarily low placement, this shrine was associated with the lingam in the upper floor. However, it had to be cut at its present low level because the earlier Buddhist excavators had already removed some or most of the matrix from the area above its roof. It is likely that the handsome loose image of Siva's bull that sits on the floor of the upper pillared hall on axis with the lingam, was once placed upon the roof of this courtyard edifice, in order to allow it better to attend the lingam within the cave. This would explain the anomalously flat treatment of the roof, with its low central platform, probably originally for the Nandi iself.

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1 of 2>>Siva Killing the demon Andhaka

Siva impaling (with his trident) the demon Andhaka, while the skeletal goddess Kali, with an equally furious energy, catches and absorbs the demon's destructively poisonous blood in the skull-cup that she holds.

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<<2 of 2Siva Killing the demon Andhaka

Siva impaling (with his trident) the demon Andhaka, while the skeletal goddess Kali, with an equally furious energy, catches and absorbs the demon's destructively poisonous blood in the skull-cup that she holds.

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1 of 8>>Siva Dancing (Siva Nataraja)

The second panel along the left wall shows Siva furiously dancing (Siva Nataraja), energizing the seemingly universal space within which he is contained with the powerful action of his massive form and his many arms. His drummer, with three large drums, sits at the left, while flutists and other percussionists appear at the right. Celestials (including bird-legged kinnaras) soar above.)

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<<2 of 8>>Siva Dancing (Siva Nataraja)

The second panel along the left wall shows Siva furiously dancing (Siva Nataraja), energizing the seemingly universal space within which he is contained with the powerful action of his massive form and his many arms. His drummer, with three large drums, sits at the left, while flutists and other percussionists appear at the right. Celestials (including bird-legged kinnaras) soar above.)

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<<3 of 8>>Siva Dancing (Siva Nataraja)

The second panel along the left wall shows Siva furiously dancing (Siva Nataraja), energizing the seemingly universal space within which he is contained with the powerful action of his massive form and his many arms. His drummer, with three large drums, sits at the left, while flutists and other percussionists appear at the right. Celestials (including bird-legged kinnaras) soar above.)

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<<4 of 8>>Siva Dancing (Siva Nataraja)

The second panel along the left wall shows Siva furiously dancing (Siva Nataraja), energizing the seemingly universal space within which he is contained with the powerful action of his massive form and his many arms. His drummer, with three large drums, sits at the left, while flutists and other percussionists appear at the right. Celestials (including bird-legged kinnaras) soar above.)

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<<5 of 8>>Siva Dancing (Siva Nataraja)

The second panel along the left wall shows Siva furiously dancing (Siva Nataraja), energizing the seemingly universal space within which he is contained with the powerful action of his massive form and his many arms. His drummer, with three large drums, sits at the left, while flutists and other percussionists appear at the right. Celestials (including bird-legged kinnaras) soar above.)

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<<6 of 8>>Siva Dancing (Siva Nataraja)

The second panel along the left wall shows Siva furiously dancing (Siva Nataraja), energizing the seemingly universal space within which he is contained with the powerful action of his massive form and his many arms. His drummer, with three large drums, sits at the left, while flutists and other percussionists appear at the right. Celestials (including bird-legged kinnaras) soar above.)

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<<7 of 8>>Siva Dancing (Siva Nataraja)

The second panel along the left wall shows Siva furiously dancing (Siva Nataraja), energizing the seemingly universal space within which he is contained with the powerful action of his massive form and his many arms. His drummer, with three large drums, sits at the left, while flutists and other percussionists appear at the right. Celestials (including bird-legged kinnaras) soar above.)

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<<8 of 8Siva Dancing (Siva Nataraja)

The second panel along the left wall shows Siva furiously dancing (Siva Nataraja), energizing the seemingly universal space within which he is contained with the powerful action of his massive form and his many arms. His drummer, with three large drums, sits at the left, while flutists and other percussionists appear at the right. Celestials (including bird-legged kinnaras) soar above.)

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1 of 2>>Shrinelet with empty altar

Shrinelet with empty altar (probably for Siva lingam)

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1 of 4>>Siva and Parvati playing chaupat

Siva and Parvati playing chaupat; Nandi, and Siva's pestering ganas are seen below.

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<<2 of 4>>Siva and Parvati playing chaupat

Siva and Parvati playing chaupat; Nandi, and Siva's pestering ganas are seen below.

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1 of 5>>Kalyanasundaramurti

marriage of Siva and Parvati

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<<2 of 5>>Kalyanasundaramurti

marriage of Siva and Parvati

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<<3 of 5>>Kalyanasundaramurti

marriage of Siva and Parvati

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<<4 of 5>>Kalyanasundaramurti

marriage of Siva and Parvati

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<<5 of 5Kalyanasundaramurti

marriage of Siva and Parvati

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1 of 6>>Ravana shaking Kailasa

The many-headed many-armed demon king of Lanka, possessor of great strength, gets beneath Mount Kailasa, Siva

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<<2 of 6>>Ravana shaking Kailasa

The many-headed many-armed demon king of Lanka, possessor of great strength, gets beneath Mount Kailasa, Siva

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The many-headed many-armed demon king of Lanka, possessor of great strength, gets beneath Mount Kailasa, Siva

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<<4 of 6>>Ravana shaking Kailasa

The many-headed many-armed demon king of Lanka, possessor of great strength, gets beneath Mount Kailasa, Siva

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1 of 4>>Vishnu as half-man half-lion (Narasimha) destroys Hiranyakasipu

The demon Hiranyakasipu had, through his austerities, obtained a boon from the gods, pledging that he could not be destroyed either indoors or outdoors, by night or by day, or by man or beast. But Vishnu, in a half-lion half-human form (neither man nor beast), kills him at dusk (neither day nor night) on a verandah (neither inside nor outside. At the left Garuda battles the demon king Bali.

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<<2 of 4>>Vishnu as half-man half-lion (Narasimha) destroys Hiranyakasipu

The demon Hiranyakasipu had, through his austerities, obtained a boon from the gods, pledging that he could not be destroyed either indoors or outdoors, by night or by day, or by man or beast. But Vishnu, in a half-lion half-human form (neither man nor beast), kills him at dusk (neither day nor night) on a verandah (neither inside nor outside. At the left Garuda battles the demon king Bali.

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<<3 of 4>>Vishnu as half-man half-lion (Narasimha) destroys Hiranyakasipu

The demon Hiranyakasipu had, through his austerities, obtained a boon from the gods, pledging that he could not be destroyed either indoors or outdoors, by night or by day, or by man or beast. But Vishnu, in a half-lion half-human form (neither man nor beast), kills him at dusk (neither day nor night) on a verandah (neither inside nor outside. At the left Garuda battles the demon king Bali.

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1 of 3>>Vishnu takes three great strides (Trivikrama)

Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as the dwarf (Vamana) wins back the universe for the gods by encompassing it with three vast strides.

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<<2 of 3>>Vishnu takes three great strides (Trivikrama)

Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as the dwarf (Vamana) wins back the universe for the gods by encompassing it with three vast strides.

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<<2 of 4>>Varaha

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1 of 2>>Shrinelet with empty altar

Shrinelet with empty altar (probably for Siva lingam)

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Shrinelet with empty altar

Shrinelet with empty altar (probably for Siva lingam)

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1 of 6>>Vishnu on his Sun-bird, Garuda, rescuing the elephant - Gajendramoksha

The elephant king, Gajendra, (at the lower right) was caught by a crocodile, but was saved when he prayed to Vishnu for salvation. The god, on his mount, descends for the rescue.

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<<2 of 6>>Vishnu on his Sun-bird, Garuda, rescuing the elephant - Gajendramoksha

The elephant king, Gajendra, (at the lower right) was caught by a crocodile, but was saved when he prayed to Vishnu for salvation. The god, on his mount, descends for the rescue.

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<<3 of 6>>Vishnu on his Sun-bird, Garuda, rescuing the elephant - Gajendramoksha

The elephant king, Gajendra, (at the lower right) was caught by a crocodile, but was saved when he prayed to Vishnu for salvation. The god, on his mount, descends for the rescue.

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<<4 of 6>>Vishnu on his Sun-bird, Garuda, rescuing the elephant - Gajendramoksha

The elephant king, Gajendra, (at the lower right) was caught by a crocodile, but was saved when he prayed to Vishnu for salvation. The god, on his mount, descends for the rescue.

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<<5 of 6>>Vishnu on his Sun-bird, Garuda, rescuing the elephant - Gajendramoksha

The elephant king, Gajendra, (at the lower right) was caught by a crocodile, but was saved when he prayed to Vishnu for salvation. The god, on his mount, descends for the rescue.

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1 of 3>>Vishnu reclining on the endless serpent, Sesha

Vishnu, containing the universe, lies dormant on the waters represented by the serpent, while his consort, Laksmi, representing the vegetative energy, disturbs his sleep, to start the process of creation; the first manifestation is the god Brahma, who appears above on a lotus that sprouts upward from Vishnu's navel. His four attributes are personified below, along with two demons, shown as dwarfs at the lower right.

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<<2 of 3>>Vishnu reclining on the endless serpent, Sesha

Vishnu, containing the universe, lies dormant on the waters represented by the serpent, while his consort, Laksmi, representing the vegetative energy, disturbs his sleep, to start the process of creation; the first manifestation is the god Brahma, who appears above on a lotus that sprouts upward from Vishnu's navel. His four attributes are personified below, along with two demons, shown as dwarfs at the lower right.

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1 of 3>>Krishna supporting Mount Govardhana

Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, lifts up and shelters the cowherds under the mountain, to protect them from the anger of Indra, the storm god, whose offerings he had appropriated for himself. The herds of the villagers surround him, and a dwarf, perhaps representing the powers within the earth, appears beneath his foot.

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<<2 of 3>>Krishna supporting Mount Govardhana

Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, lifts up and shelters the cowherds under the mountain, to protect them from the anger of Indra, the storm god, whose offerings he had appropriated for himself. The herds of the villagers surround him, and a dwarf, perhaps representing the powers within the earth, appears beneath his foot.

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1 of 4>>Tripurantaka

Riding in a chariot driven by Brahma, Siva destroys the three palace-cities of the demons, which could be penetrated only by a single arrow.

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<<2 of 4>>Tripurantaka

Riding in a chariot driven by Brahma, Siva destroys the three palace-cities of the demons, which could be penetrated only by a single arrow.

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<<3 of 4>>Tripurantaka

Riding in a chariot driven by Brahma, Siva destroys the three palace-cities of the demons, which could be penetrated only by a single arrow.

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<<4 of 4Tripurantaka

Riding in a chariot driven by Brahma, Siva destroys the three palace-cities of the demons, which could be penetrated only by a single arrow.

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1 of 3>>Lindodbhavanurti

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<<2 of 3>>Lingodbhavamurti

Siva emerging from the lingam. (Lingodbhavamurti) Challenged to find the extremities of Shiva's limitless lingam, Brahma (as a hamsa or swan) flies upward, while Vishnu (as a rooting boar) snouts downward; but neither (seen also standing at either side with their characteristic attributes) is able to discover its extremities, and thus offer him their praise.

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1 of 4>>Siva emerging from the lingam

Siva springs forth from the lingam to save his young devotee Markandeya from Yama, the god of death, seen at the right with his noose.

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<<2 of 4>>Siva emerging from the lingam

Siva springs forth from the lingam to save his young devotee Markandeya from Yama, the god of death, seen at the right with his noose.

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<<3 of 4>>Siva emerging from the lingam

Siva springs forth from the lingam to save his young devotee Markandeya from Yama, the god of death, seen at the right with his noose.

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1 of 2>>The Descent of the Ganges through Siva's hair

To release the waters from the heavens for the benefit of the earth, Siva offers to break the Ganges' fall by receiving her full force in his matted locks. At the left of his ascetic's headdress, the twisting river can be seen in the course of its descent. A jealous Parvati stands at Siva's side, while the ascetic Bhagiratha, whose austerities convinced Siva to take on this task, continues his productive penance--his hands over his head--at the lower left.

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<<2 of 2The Descent of the Ganges through Siva's hair.

To release the waters from the heavens for the benefit of the earth, Siva offers to break the Ganges' fall by receiving her full force in his matted locks. At the left of his ascetic's headdress, the twisting river can be seen in the course of its descent. A jealous Parvati stands at Siva's side, while the ascetic Bhagiratha, whose austerities convinced Siva to take on this task, continues his productive penance--his hands over his head--at the lower left.

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<<2 of 2Pillared hall (second floor)

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1 of 2>>Ganesha

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1 of 2>>Kartikeya

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1 of 3>>Gabesha

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Ligodbhavamurti

Siva emerging from the lingam. (Lingodbhavamurti) Challenged to find the extremities of Shiva's limitless lingam, Brahma (as a hamsa or swan) flies upward, while Vishnu (as a rooting boar) snouts downward; but neither (seen also standing at either side with their characteristic attributes) is able to discover its extremities, and thus offer him their praise.

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Tripurantaka

Riding in a chariot driven by Brahma, Siva destroys the three palace-cities of the demons, which could be penetrated only by a single arrow.

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Siva emerging from the lingam

Siva springs forth from the lingam to save his young devotee Markandeya from Yama, the god of death, seen at the right with his noose.

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<<2 of 2Nandi mandapa

Sometimes called a Dancing Hall, this monolithic structure may have been a shrine for the devoted bull Nandi. Despite its necessarily low placement, this shrine was associated with the lingam in the upper floor. However, it had to be cut at its present low level because the earlier Buddhist excavators had already removed some or most of the matrix from the area above its roof. It is likely that the handsome loose image of Siva's bull that sits on the floor of the upper pillared hall on axis with the lingam, was once placed upon the roof of this courtyard edifice, in order to allow it better to attend the lingam within the cave. This would explain the anomalously flat treatment of the roof, with its low central platform, probably originally for the Nandi iself.

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Nandi mandapa

Sometimes called a Dancing Hall, this monolithic structure may have been a shrine for the devoted bull Nandi. Despite its necessarily low placement, this shrine was associated with the lingam in the upper floor. However, it had to be cut at its present low level because the earlier Buddhist excavators had already removed some or most of the matrix from the area above its roof. It is likely that the handsome loose image of Siva's bull that sits on the floor of the upper pillared hall on axis with the lingam, was once placed upon the roof of this courtyard edifice, in order to allow it better to attend the lingam within the cave. This would explain the anomalously flat treatment of the roof, with its low central platform, probably originally for the Nandi iself.

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<<2 of 2Nandi mandapa

Sometimes called a Dancing Hall, this monolithic structure may have been a shrine for the devoted bull Nandi. Despite its necessarily low placement, this shrine was associated with the lingam in the upper floor. However, it had to be cut at its present low level because the earlier Buddhist excavators had already removed some or most of the matrix from the area above its roof. It is likely that the handsome loose image of Siva's bull that sits on the floor of the upper pillared hall on axis with the lingam, was once placed upon the roof of this courtyard edifice, in order to allow it better to attend the lingam within the cave. This would explain the anomalously flat treatment of the roof, with its low central platform, probably originally for the Nandi iself.

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Siva Killing the demon Andhaka

Siva impaling (with his trident) the demon Andhaka, while the skeletal goddess Kali, with an equally furious energy, catches and absorbs the demon's destructively poisonous blood in the skull-cup that she holds.

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Siva Dancing (Siva Nataraja)

The second panel along the left wall shows Siva furiously dancing (Siva Nataraja), energizing the seemingly universal space within which he is contained with the powerful action of his massive form and his many arms. His drummer, with three large drums, sits at the left, while flutists and other percussionists appear at the right. Celestials (including bird-legged kinnaras) soar above.)

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Shrinelet with empty altar

Shrinelet with empty altar (probably for Siva lingam)

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<<3 of 4>>Siva and Parvati playing chaupat

Siva and Parvati playing chaupat; Nandi, and Siva's pestering ganas are seen below.

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<<4 of 4Siva and Parvati playing chaupat

Siva and Parvati playing chaupat; Nandi, and Siva's pestering ganas are seen below.

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<<5 of 6>>Marriage of Siva and Parvati

Marriage of Siva and Parvati; Brahma (three heads showing), below, squats to attend the marriage fire, while various gods on their vehicles fly above. The placement of Parvati on Siva's proper left--her normal position only after the marriage--is unusual.

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<<6 of 6Ravana shaking Kailasa

The many-headed many-armed demon king of Lanka, possessor of great strength, gets beneath Mount Kailasa, Siva

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<<4 of 4Siva emerging from the lingam

Siva springs forth from the lingam to save his young devotee Markandeya from Yama, the god of death, seen at the right with his noose.

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The Descent of the Ganges through Siva's hair

To release the waters from the heavens for the benefit of the earth, Siva offers to break the Ganges' fall by receiving her full force in his matted locks. At the left of his ascetic's headdress, the twisting river can be seen in the course of its descent. A jealous Parvati stands at Siva's side, while the ascetic Bhagiratha, whose austerities convinced Siva to take on this task, continues his productive penance--his hands over his head--at the lower left.

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<<3 of 3Lingodbhavamurti

Siva emerging from the lingam. (Lingodbhavamurti) Challenged to find the extremities of Shiva's limitless lingam, Brahma (as a hamsa or swan) flies upward, while Vishnu (as a rooting boar) snouts downward; but neither (seen also standing at either side with their characteristic attributes) is able to discover its extremities, and thus offer him their praise.

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Tripurantaka

Riding in a chariot driven by Brahma, Siva destroys the three palace-cities of the demons, which could be penetrated only by a single arrow.

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<<3 of 3Krishna supporting Mount Govardhana

Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, lifts up and shelters the cowherds under the mountain, to protect them from the anger of Indra, the storm god, whose offerings he had appropriated for himself. The herds of the villagers surround him, and a dwarf, perhaps representing the powers within the earth, appears beneath his foot.

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<<3 of 3Vishnu reclining on the endless serpent, Sesha

Vishnu, containing the universe, lies dormant on the waters represented by the serpent, while his consort, Laksmi, representing the vegetative energy, disturbs his sleep, to start the process of creation; the first manifestation is the god Brahma, who appears above on a lotus that sprouts upward from Vishnu's navel. His four attributes are personified below, along with two demons, shown as dwarfs at the lower right.

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<<6 of 6Vishnu on his Sun-bird, Garuda, rescuing the elephant - Gajendramoksha

The elephant king, Gajendra, (at the lower right) was caught by a crocodile, but was saved when he prayed to Vishnu for salvation. The god, on his mount, descends for the rescue.

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Shrinelet with empty altar (probably for Siva lingam)

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Shrinelet with empty altar (probably for Siva lingam)

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<<4 of 4Varaha

Varaha rescues the earth goddess from demonic forces beneath the ocean

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<<3 of 3Vishnu takes three great strides (Trivikrama)

Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as the dwarf (Vamana) wins back the universe for the gods by encompassing it with three vast strides.

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Vishnu as half-man half-lion (Narasimha) destroys Hiranyakasipu

The demon Hiranyakasipu had, through his austerities, obtained a boon from the gods, pledging that he could not be destroyed either indoors or outdoors, by night or by day, or by man or beast. But Vishnu, in a half-lion half-human form (neither man nor beast), kills him at dusk (neither day nor night) on a verandah (neither inside nor outside. At the left Garuda battles the demon king Bali.

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The demon Hiranyakasipu had, through his austerities, obtained a boon from the gods, pledging that he could not be destroyed either indoors or outdoors, by night or by day, or by man or beast. But Vishnu, in a half-lion half-human form (neither man nor beast), kills him at dusk (neither day nor night) on a verandah (neither inside nor outside. At the left Garuda battles the demon king Bali.

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Siva Killing the demon Andhaka

Siva impaling (with his trident) the demon Andhaka, while the skeletal goddess Kali, with an equally furious energy, catches and absorbs the demon's destructively poisonous blood in the skull-cup that she holds.

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Siva Killing the demon Andhaka

Siva impaling (with his trident) the demon Andhaka, while the skeletal goddess Kali, with an equally furious energy, catches and absorbs the demon's destructively poisonous blood in the skull-cup that she holds.

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The second panel along the left wall shows Siva furiously dancing (Siva Nataraja), energizing the seemingly universal space within which he is contained with the powerful action of his massive form and his many arms. His drummer, with three large drums, sits at the left, while flutists and other percussionists appear at the right. Celestials (including bird-legged kinnaras) soar above.)

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Shrinelet with empty altar (probably for Siva lingam)

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Siva and Parvati playing chaupat

Siva and Parvati playing chaupat; Nandi, and Siva's pestering ganas are seen below.

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Siva and Parvati playing chaupat

Siva and Parvati playing chaupat; Nandi, and Siva's pestering ganas are seen below.

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Siva and Parvati playing chaupat

Siva and Parvati playing chaupat; Nandi, and Siva's pestering ganas are seen below.

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Marriage of Siva and Parvati

Marriage of Siva and Parvati; Brahma (three heads showing), below, squats to attend the marriage fire, while various gods on their vehicles fly above. The placement of Parvati on Siva's proper left--her normal position only after the marriage--is unusual.

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Tripurantaka

Riding in a chariot driven by Brahma, Siva destroys the three palace-cities of the demons, which could be penetrated only by a single arrow.

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Vishnu reclining on the endless serpent, Sesha

Vishnu, containing the universe, lies dormant on the waters represented by the serpent, while his consort, Laksmi, representing the vegetative energy, disturbs his sleep, to start the process of creation; the first manifestation is the god Brahma, who appears above on a lotus that sprouts upward from Vishnu's navel. His four attributes are personified below, along with two demons, shown as dwarfs at the lower right.

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Vishnu reclining on the endless serpent, Sesha

Vishnu, containing the universe, lies dormant on the waters represented by the serpent, while his consort, Laksmi, representing the vegetative energy, disturbs his sleep, to start the process of creation; the first manifestation is the god Brahma, who appears above on a lotus that sprouts upward from Vishnu's navel. His four attributes are personified below, along with two demons, shown as dwarfs at the lower right.

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