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Inscription on upper face of argha, Jhirna

Inscription on upper face of argha, Jhirna

Photographer: Garrick, Henry Baily Wade

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1881

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1521)

Item number: 10031521

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of an inscription carved in a rock slab at Piawan, Rewa district was taken by Henry Baily Wade Garrick c.1881-82 and forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (Indian Museum Series); "Piawan...means simply the 'drinking place'. The spot is a small valley about 800 feet wide and half a mile in length, with precipitous rocks on both sides, about 200 feet high. At the western end a small stream falls over the cliff, and the rock below, on which the water falls, has been formed into an argha for the reception of a lingam, or phallic symbol of Siva. A view of this argha has been given by my assistant, Mr Garrick, who first discovered the place. He has described it under the name of Jhirna, or the 'water-fall'..." A. Cunningham, Reports of a tour in Bundelkhand and Rewa in 1883-84... (A.S.I. vol XXI part I, Calcutta, 1885), pp. 112-113

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