Details of erotic scenes on entrance door, leading to sanctum of ruined Vaishnava temple at Bilas, Kotah State
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the carved entrance door of an ancient Vaishnava temple in Bilas, 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 carvings on the sanctuary doorway seen in this photograph depict figures involved in scenes of sexual activity, rearing mythical beasts and scrollwork.