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Close view of entrance to the Bina Cave (Cave IV), Udayagiri, Madhya Pradesh

Close view of entrance to the Bina Cave (Cave IV), Udayagiri, Madhya Pradesh

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1377)

Item number: 10031377

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the entrance to Chandragupta Cave, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. At Udaygiri in the modern state of Madhya Pradesh there are about twenty rock cut caves dating to the Gupta period. Most are just niches however some form columned temples. The caves are carved into an outcrop of sandstone and are some of the best examples of early Hindu monumental art in India. This view shows the foliate decoration on the architraves of the doorway of Cave 4. Pilasters and guardian figures stand at both sides of the doorway. The cave is small and square cave and houses a single faced Shiva linga.

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