Details of door lintel on entrance door, leading to sanctum of ruined Vaishnava temple at Bilas, Kotah State, representing Surya and his seven-horse chariot
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the door lintel on the sanctuary doorway of the ruined Vaishnava temple at 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 carved lintel in this photograph represents the Sun god Surya on his chariot drawn by seven horses which he rides across the sky everyday; the charioteer is Aruna, the dawn.