Akshakrida, Hindu Cave 21, Ellora Caves, Maharashtra, India
Cave 21 also known as Rameshvara has a tall Nandipitha in its courtyard its exterior boasts pillars with intricately carved bracket figures that echo the svelte poise of the river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna edging the cave on both sides.
The main hall has upavarnakas on its lateral sides and central mandapa has two large sculpted panels - the one on the left narrates the story of Ravana shaking Kailasa and the right has Shiv Parvati Akshakrida - enjoying the game of dice.
In this rock sculpted scene the divine couple Śhiva and Pārvatī are playing Akshakrida in the presence of many celestial beings sitting, face-to-face, totally engaged in the play. Akshakrida or Akṣakrīḍā is a game of dice played since Vedic times continuing till date.
Ellora Caves located in Aurangabad district, Maharashtra, India is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. How to reach Ellora Caves?