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Inscribed pillar at Bhitari.

Inscribed pillar at Bhitari.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(681)

Item number: 1003681

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an inscribed pillar at Bhitari taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. The photograph is part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (Indian Museum Series). The pillar is carved from red sandstone and rises to fifteen feet in height. The upper part is highly polished whereas chisel marks can still be seen on the lower section. The capital is broken and all that remains is a bell shape. According to Cunningham, the inscription on the base of the pillar, "chiefly refers to the reign of Skandagupta, closing with his death and the accession of his son, Kumaragupta Mahendra, and records the erection of a sacred image of Vishnu, and the allotment, to the image, of the village in which the column stands." A. Cunningham, Four reports made during the years 1862-63-64-65

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