Inscribed statue of Shiva, from Garhwa, Allahabad District
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of an inscribed statue of Shiva, from Garhwa, Allahabad District, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. At Garhwa there is a pentagonal shaped compound, inside which are the remains of a temple and other structures many of which are now un-identifiable. The earliest remains date to the Gupta period however the site was occupied for a number of centuries. This is attested to by the many different styles of sculpture that have been found inside the compound. This photograph shows a statue of Shiva, one of a set of three. At the time this photograph was taken Cunningham said: In a report of tours in that area in 1874-75 and 1876-77, A. Cunningham wrote, "The next remains in point of antiquity are three seated colossal statues of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, which are now placed against the southern wall of the enclosure. These statues, which are all of large size, were the gift of the Jogi Jwaladitya, the son of Bhattananta, as recorded in the inscriptions on their pedestals. The statues are 6 feet high and 4 feet broad, and are made of coarse grey sandstone. There is no date in any of the inscriptions, but the style of the letters is that of the Kutila character of the 10th century..."