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General view of Udayagiri from the south-west, showing Jain cave temples cut into hillside 1003392

General view of Udayagiri from the south-west, showing Jain cave temples cut into hillside 1003392

Photographer: Cornish, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(392)

Item number: 1003392

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Udayagiri from the south-west, showing Jain cave temples cut into hillside, taken by William Henry Cornish in c.1892, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. In the twin hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri, near Bhubaneshwar in Orissa, is a series of Jain cave temples called 'gumpha' locally, cut out of the sandstone. Most of them were excavated in the period of the Chedi dynasty of ancient Kalinga (now Orissa) in the 1st century BC. They generally have one or more plain cells with a flat ceiling. Some are double storeyed with pillared verandas. The facades of the larger caves are profusely decorated with sculptures.

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