"Cave 29 (Hindu)" Ellora Things to Do Tip by MM212

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  Cave 29: Shiva slays Andhaka
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  • Cave 29: Shiva slays Andhaka - Ellora
      Cave 29: Shiva slays Andhaka
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  • Lion sculptures flanking the entrance - Ellora
      Lion sculptures flanking the entrance
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  • Interior of Cave 29 - Ellora
      Interior of Cave 29
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Known as Dumar Lena, Cave 29 is cross between a cave temple and a free-standing rock-cut temple, such as the Kailasa Temple. Work on Dumar Lena is thought to have begun in the late 6th century AD. The cave follows a cruciform plan, which is unique at Ellora, but is most similar to the Main Cave on Elephanta Island, near Bombay. The entrance into Dumar Lena is flanked by two lion sculptures, and the side walls are covered with exquisite sculptures. The most intriguing lies on the left hand side of the entrance, showing the god Shiva slaying the Andhaka demon (see main photo). Inside the cave are many fine sculptures from Hindu mythology and in the centre of the temple lies a shrine whose four entrances are guarded by superbly carved dvarapalakas (doorkeepers). The shrine contains a linga, the representation of Lord Shiva. Cave 29 has great views over a waterfall, behind which lie caves 25-28. It is also the last of the Hindu Caves, numbered 13-29.

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  • Updated Nov 18, 2009
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