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View from the north of the entrance of the Ananta Gumphi Cave, Khandgiri Hill

View from the north of the entrance of the Ananta Gumphi Cave, Khandgiri Hill

Photographer: Cornish, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(395)

Item number: 1003395

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the entrance of the Ananta Gumphi Cave, Khandgiri Hill, taken by William Henry Cornish around 1892, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. In the twin hills of Khandgiri (or Khandagiri) and Udayagiri, near Bhubaneshwar in Orissa, is a series of Jain cave temples called 'gumpha' locally. Most of them were excavated in the period of the Chedi kings in the 1st century BC. This view shows the verandah of the Ananta Gumpha with massive columns with square bases and octagonal shafts. The curved brackets are adorned with ganas and other figures.

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