Inscription slab from Baijnath.
Photographer: Garrick, Henry Baily Wade
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of an inscription slap at Baijnath, Bihar, was taken by Henry Baily Wade Garrick c. 1881-82 and is part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The 'List of Ancient Monuments in Bengal' of 1896 published by the Government of Bengal includes the small stone temple of Mahadeva at Baijnath: 'The square elevated space on the east side of the old watercourse contains a vast variety of figures, better executed than those at Darauti. There are in particular a great many square obelisks of a different form from those at Darauti, which represent in several tiers domestic scenes. There are also numerous columns, pedestals, cornices, capitals, &c.' (pp.360-362).Garrick comments, '...It would be altogether unworthy of notice were it not for the ruthless waste of sculptures, and, very likely, valuable inscriptions also, that it exhibits in every part...' H.B.W. Garrick, Report of a tour through Behar, Central India, Peshawar, and Yusufzai 1881-82 (A.S.I. vol. XIX, Calcutta, 1885), pl. ix, also pp. 29-30.