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Rock sculpture of Vishnu as Varaha rescuing Bhudevi, Cave Temple V, Udayagiri, Madhya Pradesh

Rock sculpture of Vishnu as Varaha rescuing Bhudevi, Cave Temple V, Udayagiri, Madhya Pradesh

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1371)

Item number: 10031371

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a rock sculpture of Vishnu as Varaha rescuing Bhudevi, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. At Udaygiri in the modern state of Madhya Pradesh there are about twenty rock cut caves dating to the Gupta period. Most are just niches however some form columned temples. Cave five is a rock-cut cave from the early 5th Century. This large-scale sculpture depicts the myth of Vishnu as Varaha, the Boar, rescuing the goddess Bhudevi, which represents the earth. The rows of figures at the back are sages and divinities and two male musicians. On the sides of the panels there are images of the river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna with figures of attendants. This view shows the sculpture from the left.

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