Sunday, November 16, 2008

elephanta cave:6

The garba-griha itself encloses the main lingam, representative of Shiva and male energy, while the southern wall showcases Sadasiva, flanked by chapels to Ardhanareshvara (Shiva, the androgynous god) and Gangadhara (the bearer of Ganga, from her fall from heaven). Rock-cut mouldings frame these spaces, thus giving the interior a sense of architectural progression and hierarchy.

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