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Ruined temple at Umga

Ruined temple at Umga

Photographer: Peppé, Thomas Fraser

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/28(2829)

Item number: 1000282829

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the ruined temple at Umga, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (volume 28), taken by Thomas Fraser Peppé in 1870. Umga is in the Gaya District, Bihar, which is known for Gaya city, the place where Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. It is also a sacred area for Hindus, as it is believed to be empowered by Vishnu. The area is on a level plain and has a ridge of beautiful wooded hills along the southern boundary. Peppé has added notes to his photographs, and has said: ''Still higher up [than the ''altar''], and also facing the east, are the ruins of another temple, nearly as large as the one lower down, and in the same style, but nearly the whole of the superstructure has fallen down. On the path between the two temples there are several inscriptions cut on the face of the rock, but from the texture of the granite they are nearly illegible.''

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