National Geographic : 1953 May
A Weathered Stone Lion Guards the Entrance to Sita's Bath, an Ellora Cave Photographer Wentzel (left) made a two-year survey of India for the National Geographic Society. Buying this United States Army surplus ambulance, he converted it into a rolling dormitory and darkroom, and visited spots far from train and bus routes. Mr. Wentzel painted The Society's name in three languages: English, Urdu, and Hindustani. Jai Singh, his Sikh assistant, stands in the center. f Siva Destroys with Many Arms To Western eyes, the Hindu reveres a confusion of gods, but many are simply incarna tions of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, or Siva the Destroyer, the three aspects of the supreme spirit called Brahma. Here Bhairava the Terrible, an incarnation of Siva, wreaks vengeance on Ratnasura, a demon, in Ellora's Temple of the Ten Incarnations. In Hindu sculpture, multiple arms symbolize divine power, and Bhairava demonstrates his strength. His topmost arms hold an elephant skin. The next two carry swords; one skewers a body. An arm in lower left holds a man by the leg. Still another (above fe male figure) carries a bowl like skull. Begemmed Parvati, Siva's Himalayan bride, sits at right and adores him.