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Ellora: Monumental Legacy

M.K. Dhavalikar (Author)
Synopsis The cave temples at Ellora, excavated between the sixth and tenth centuries AD, are a fascinating showcase of the evolution of Indian sculptural art. Dedicated to three religions—Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism—the carved edifices combine soaring scale with intricate detail. They stand as testimony both to the mastery of the sculptors, as well as to the enduring power of a uniquely Indian aesthetic vision shaped by a long tradition of religious diversity. This book provides a succinct overview of Ellora’s historical background and discusses the development of the site in relation to religious contexts as well as architectural and artistic ones. The author examines the ways in which the ascendance of different religions in western India influenced the construction of cave temples and rock-cutting activity. A detailed description of the site, brought to life using numerous plans, maps and photographs, makes the book invaluable to all visitors to Ellora. Written by an acknowledged expert
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About the author

M.K. Dhavalikar

Professor Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar (b 1930) studied archaeology at Deccan College, University of Pune. After serving Archaeological Survey of India (1953-65), joined Nagpur University (1975-76) and was later Professor of Archaeology and Director, Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute (now a Deemed Univeristy) Pune, up to 1990. He carried out several excavations of protohistoric sites such a Kayatha, Inamgaon, Somnath and Kuntasi. He was President, Indian Archaeological Society, 1986, and is President, Indian History Congress, 1999. Environment and Culture: A Historical Perspective (2002), and Encyclopaedia of Indian Archaeology, vol. III (in press), besides excavation reports.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ellora: Monumental Legacy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195654587
length xi+105p., Figures; Glossary; BIbliography; 23cm.