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Rock sculptures at foot of Kauwa Dol Hill, Gaya District

Rock sculptures at foot of Kauwa Dol Hill, Gaya District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(76)

Item number: 100376

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures carved in niches on massive boulders at the foot of the Kauwa Dol Hill, Gaya District, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. In their report of tours of 1880-81, Alexander Cunningham wrote, "Kauwa-dol, or the 'Crow's Rocking Stone', is the name of a tall perpendicular rock on the top of a bluff granite peak about 500 feet high...Kauwa-dol has been identified by Mr. Beglar with the site of the Silabhadra Monastery of Hwen Thsang, an assignment with which I fully concur....On many of the larger masses of granite at the foot of the hill there are numerous Brahmanical figures carved in high relief; but they are much worn, and there are no inscriptions to tell their age. Amongst them are figures of Vishnu, Hara Gauri, and Ganes, but by far the most numerous are the representations of the buffalo-slaying goddess, Bhainsasuri Devi. On the rock, indeed, there are no less than nine of them in a row together. On the extreme left of one of these groups of Brahmanical figures there is a seated Buddha in meditation and a standing figure with a stupa behind him."

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