General view from the north of the Akashaganga Tank, Khandgiri Hill
Photographer: Cornish, William Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Akashaganga Tank at Khandgiri Hill, taken by William Henry around 1892, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The two hills of Khandagir ('broken hill') and Udayagiri ('hill of sunrise') there are a number of Jain cave temples excavated in the 1st century BC. In the List of Ancient Monument of Bihar and Orissa of 1931, M.M.H. Kuraishi wrote, 'The Aksaganga is a rectangular tank excavated in the solid rock and measuring 26 ft.by 17ft. and about 15 feet deep, with two flights of steps along the north and west walls. The steps are five to seven feet wide. The tank is said to be fed by a natural spring at the bottom. The water never dries up, but it not used for drinking purposes.'