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Ruins of mahamandapa of ancient Saiva temple at Bilas, Kotah State

Ruins of mahamandapa of ancient Saiva temple at Bilas, Kotah State

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 1007/3(642)

Item number: 642

Length: 15.5

Width: 21

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Mahamandapa (Great Hall) of the Shiva temple in Bilas, Rajasthan, taken by an unknown photographer for the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Northern Circle (North-Western Provinces and Oudh) in 1896-97. Bilas is a site hidden in the dense jungle, about 65 miles east of Kotah. The archaeological remains consist of ruined dwelling-houses, palaces and temples that are Shaiva, Vaishnava or Jain and are of an ancient city formerly called Suvarna-panari-pura. The most recent inscription discovered at the site dates to the 14th century and refers to an earthquake that most likely brought about the demise of the city. This view shows the ruined Mahamandapa of the Shiva temple, what would have been the main assembly hall of the temple. The elaborately carved pillars with scrollwork and miniature figures can be seen in this photograph.

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