Details of carvings on pillars of ancient Saiva temple at Bilas, Kotah State
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of carved pillars from the Shiva temple, Bilas in Rajasthan, taken by an unknown photographer for the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Northern Circle (North-Western Provinces and Oudh) in 1896-97. Bilas is a site hidden in the dense jungle, about 65 miles east of Kotah. The archaeological remains consist of ruined dwelling-houses, palaces and temples that are Shaiva, Vaishnava or Jain and are of an ancient city formerly called Suvarna-panari-pura. The most recent inscription discovered at the site dates to the 14th century and refers to an earthquake that most likely brought about the demise of the city. The pillars of the structure in this view are covered with intricate carvings of miniature figures, scrollwork and detailed foliage. The round capitals support elaborate brackets that are also carved with figures.