Details of pilaster of ancient Vaishnava temple at Bilas
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a pilaster in the ancient 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 pillar in this view has finely etched foliate decoration on its shaft and a pot and foliage capital. The base is adorned by a group of carved figures. On the sides there are rearing mythical beasts and scrollwork.