Mahabharata panel at Kailash Temple, Ellora Caves, Maharashtra, India
Ellora caves is full of intriguing mythological stories. Scenes from Mahabharata can be found carved for eternity on the northern face of the staircase that leads to the upper level of gudhamandapa, Kailash temple.
One of the panel shows Arjuna performing tapasya to obtain Pashupatastra from Shiva. And another scene shows Arjuna fighting Shiva, who is disguised as the hunter Kirata. [The Pashupatastra is the most destructive weapon of Shiva and can be discharged by the mind, the eyes, words, or a bow.]
Another panel has a carved Arjuna, in disguise kidnapping Subhadra on an elephant. Another scene shows Balaram - Subhadra’s brother fighting with Arjuna.
Kailash Temple, Ellora Caves, Maharashtra, India is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. How to reach Ellora Caves?