Ruined Buddhist monastery at foot of Kauwa Dol Hill, Gaya District.
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a ruined Buddhist monastery at the foot of Kauwa Dol Hill, Gaya District taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s which forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (Indian Museum Series). Little is visible apart from a number of pillars, however the accompanying text explains, "Kauwa-Dol has been identified by Mr Beglar with the site of the Silabhadra Monastery of Hwen Thsang, an assignment with which I [Cunningham] fully concur" (Cunningham and Garrick, op. cit., p.47). The hill is situated in the modern state of Bihar and rises to a height of around 500 feet. The mountain has a very steep incline which makes the peak inaccessible and it is crowned with a large stone known as the 'Kauwa Dol' or crow's wing.