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Portion of Udayagiri Hill, showing steps carved in the rock

Portion of Udayagiri Hill, showing steps carved in the rock

Photographer: Cornish, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(392b)

Item number: 1003392b

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a section of Udayagiri Hill, showing steps carved in the rock, taken by William Henry Cornish in c.1893, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. In the twin hills of Khandgiri, or Khandagiri and Udayagiri, near Bhubaneshwar in Orissa, there is a group of Jain cave temples called 'gumpha' locally, cut out of the sandstone. Most of them were excavated in the period of the Chedi dynasty of ancient Kalinga (now Orissa) in the 1st century BC. This wooded and secluded area was an ideal site for a monastic retreat. Udayagiri or 'Sun rise hill' constitutes the north-eastern mound.

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