Monday, August 7, 2017

Rang Mahal, Ellora

We have already seen details of Kailasa Temple of Ellora in the earlier post. This 8th century temple has strong architectural influences  of Pallava and Chalukya styles.


Within the enclosed courtyard, there is a flat-roofed main shrine dedicated to Shiva, and an image of his mount Nandi. The rectangular main shrine is called Rang-Mahal because after its completion, the temple was plastered and painted. 


The temple has niches, plasters, windows as well as images of deities and other figures. The 7 meter high plinth is decorated with life size elephants and mythical animals.


The two storey main shrine has Vadys Mandapa, Nandi Mandapa, a pillared hall, an antechamber and a small sanctum surrounded by five subsidiary shrines.


The pillared hall is supported by 16 pillars each with different set of carvings on them.

21 comments:

rupam sarma said...

Amazing temple. Beautiful pics.

Anuradha Premkumar said...

amazing place and great snaps...

Jeevan said...

Very interesting rock carving and majestically standing Mahal! Amazing detail

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice photos.

teamgsquare said...

One colossally Beautiful temple.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those elephants are wonderful!

carol l mckenna said...

Love the elephant sculptures and beautiful temple buildings ~ always a wonderful tour here ~ thanks, ^_^

Al said...

That's another impressive temple, its age making it even more memorable.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Another beautiful building with lots of details - I love the elephants!

magiceye said...

Amazing structure. Beautiful photographs!

Photo Cache said...

I can't say for sure but I think this is the first time I have seen elephant sculptures in a temple.

Lady Fi said...

Those carvings are wonderful!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Beautiful architect...

NatureFootstep said...

love the elephants :)

Gillena Cox said...

Nice photos Rajesh, guess it will be very costly for those elephants to be restored though

much love...

Fun60 said...

The elephants are amazing.

zongrik said...

i really like the shapes in the first picture.

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Love the elephants in this post!! They always are a favorite.

Betty said...

Another very unique building. Was the one elephant broken? I thought his head was damaged.

Alexa T said...

Amazing and impressive temple! Great details and lovely aspects of architecture and decorations of pillars with various elements! Great place!
A nice weekend!

Kristy LifenReflection said...

So incredible, love the elephants too!