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Badami Cave – 1: Left side view – Dwarapala with Shiva-Parvati and Vrishabha-Kunjara


Dwarapala with Shiva-Parvati and Vrishabha-Kunjara
The image shows a left-side view of Cave – 1, the first of the four of rock-cut caves of Badami, located in Karnataka, India.

Carved on the left-side extension of the cave is a relief depicting the dwarapala (door-keeper) of Shiva. As you can see, the dwarapala is holding a trishula (trident) with his right hand. Carved below the dwarapala is Vrishabha-Kunjara (Bull-Elephant), an illusionary sculpture with a single head joined by the torsos of a bull and an elephant. It looks like an elephant from one side and a bull from the other side. Carved above the dwarapala is a relief of Shiva and Parvati seated on Nandi, Shiva’s vehicle.

To the right of dwarapala are the pillars of the mukhamantapa (verandah) and to the left are the flights of steps leading to Cave – 2.

Cave – 1 Images
Facade and Entrance
Cave – 1 Ground Plan
– Right side view: Nataraja performing Tandava Nritya
– Mukhamantapa right wall: Ardhanarishvara and Sage Bhringi
– Mukhamantapa left wall: Harihara – Fusion of Shiva and Vishnu
– Mukhamantapa ceiling: Nagaraja
– Interior: Garbhagriha and pillars
– Garbhagriha: Shivalinga

Related Pages
Badami Cave – 1, Badami Cave – 2, Badami Cave – 3, Badami Cave – 4
Durga Temple at Aihole

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