Well we saw that the elephants and other animals with burdened with a load in the last post. What are they carrying?

is this just an elephant.jpg
just a line of elehants.jpg
feeding line of elephants.jpg
at what scale.jpg

We look at the string of pictures once more to get into the flow.

no! a row of base elephants.jpg

Now we take a zoom upwards, no do you get the picture. The entire rock cut temple is fashioned as though its supported on this line of elephants. Just to put things in right perspective, reminding you once again that this cut into a mountain rock face. Meaning, the sculptor has to sculpt this in situ - top down in one single piece.

They are supporting the temple.jpg
and some yaazhis too.jpg

Now that you understand the intricate work, lets look at the larger picture of the Ellora Kailasantha temple. From different angles with people occupying the frames to give you an idea of scale of this spectacular composition. The pictures show you the sheer rock face from which the skilled artist has fashioned this entire creation. Doesn’t it blow your minds off, just to imagine a scale of this size is mind bloggling. How on earth could someone have the courage to envision something of this nature, with technology that was prevalent a 1000 years ago.

another view of the load carriers.jpg
same line of animals.jpg
They are supporting the temple.jpg
and some yaazhis too.jpg

Step to the right, to the left, to the back - every inch is breath taking. Stone art its very best. For once i am short of words and take refuge in the visual overflow. Enjoy and drink up this fountain of art.

bottom upwards, front left.jpg
front left view.jpg
front left.jpg
front leftside view.jpg
front view from slight left.jpg
interspread with lions.jpg
intricate sculpture.jpg
longer shot from right.jpg
longer shot of top filial from straight right.jpg
longer shot with rock face behind.jpg
oh what splendid work.jpg
relief sculptures.jpg
same pillar from back - mountain side.jpg
second tier from side right.jpg
such symmetry.jpg
the elephant load bearers.jpg
the rock face, touched by the divine hands.jpg
the scale of the work.jpg
the temple from under the rock outcrop.jpg
this is a single piece of rock mind it.jpg
top down of stupa.jpg
top filial from front right.jpg
top shot with elephant.jpg
top tier from left.jpg
top view down.jpg
top view from the back.jpg
top view from the right.jpg
top view left back.jpg
top view left stright.jpg
truly amazing.jpg
view from back left.jpg
view from front right.jpg
view from the back right.jpg
what a panel.jpg

The last picture has an interesting story board - of an epic carved into stone, which we will visit later.

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உமது தணியாத கலையார்வம் பாராட்டுக்குரியது .


September 12th, 2008 at 17:04

Architecture like the ellora,seriously are inspiring….how did they do it? Why did they do it? and the effort put into serious tell us a lot about our Ancients and medievals..

September 13th, 2008 at 9:47
Kathie Brobeck

Wish I’d had the gumption to climb up above Kailasanatha, as you did.
So much to see at Ellora, it wore me out. Had intended to view all caves — only lasted to view about 8. Did you see Das Avatara. #15? my favorite sculpture.

September 20th, 2008 at 14:27
இலங்கை நயினாதீவு உமாசுதன்

அற்புதம் வந்துபார்க்கமுடியாத எங்களுக்கு இது ஓர் வரப்பிரசாதம். உங்கள் கலைப்பணி தொடரட்டும் நன்றி.

April 17th, 2011 at 12:08

Just thinking what would have been the project plan for a project of this propotion makes my head spin… how did they manage to delegate the work so that it all fit so perfectly….

March 16th, 2012 at 9:45

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