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General view of Kauwa Dol Hill, Gaya District

General view of Kauwa Dol Hill, Gaya District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(75)

Item number: 100375

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Kauwa Doll Hill in the Gaya District in Bihar, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the c. 1870s. This image is reproduced as a lithograph in Alexander Cunningham and H.B.W. Garrick's, Report of tours in North and South Bihar, in 1880-81, "Kauwa-dol, or the 'Crow's Rocking Stone,' is the name of a tall perpendicular rock on the top of a bluff granite peak about 500 feet high...The peak is now quite inaccesible, and from a distance it looks exactly like a ruined stupa without its pinnacle. It is said that this great block was formerly crowned by an upright stone which used to rock even when a crow alighted upon it...On many of the larger masses of granite at the foot of the hill there are numerous Brahmanical figures carved in high relief; but they are much worn, and there are no inscriptions to tell their age. Amongst them are figures of Vishnu, Hara Gauri, and Ganes, but by far the most numerous are the representations of the buffalo-slaying goddess, Bhainsasuri Devi...But the most prominent figure is one of Buddha, 7 feet in height, and and 7½ feet broad, and which is now worshipped as Bhim Sen." (Archaeological Survey of India, vol. XVI, 1883)

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