General view of a Torana arch or Kirttistambha, Kapadvanj
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a richly-carved archway at Kapadvanj in Gujarat, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India in the 1870s.
Toranas are gateways, usually of stone, marking the entrance to a Buddhist shrine or a Hindu temple. The one in this view consists of two pillars and a transverse architrave. The whole torana is covered of extremely elaborate sculpture.