Details of carvings on sculptured Sikhara of ancient Vaishnava temple at Bilas
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculptured Sikhara at the 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. This photograph shows a panel with a sculpture carved almost in the round of Sikhara with miniature figures at the sides and rearing beasts. The panel is surmounted by an eave and a tower-like pediment.