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View of Buddhist rock caves looking north-east, Sana, Kathiawar

View of Buddhist rock caves looking north-east, Sana, Kathiawar

Photographer: Sykes, D.H.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/7(781)

Item number: 781

Length: 23.5

Width: 28.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the hillside with the rock-cut caves at Sana in Gujarat, from the Archaeological Survey of India, taken by D.H. Sykes around 1869. In the 'Report on the Antiquities of Kathiawad and Kachh of 1874-75', Burgess wrote, "...not far from the village of Vankia is the Sana hill,- a wild desolated place, with not a human habitation in sight. Close to the foot of the hill is a perennial stream which aids to redeem the view, and doubtless helped to tempt the first ascetics to hew out their dwellings in the adjoining rock...The hill is honeycombed by about sixty-two caves, some of them much ruined, but all of them of the same plain type as those as Talaja, Junagadh and Dhank...Some of the excavations consist merely of verandahs with cells opening from them, as at Junagadh, and having recesses in the walls as at Junar and Nasik, as if for sleeping places; others are halls like the Ebhal Mandapa, with cells arranged near the entrance, while there are two other small Chaityas beside the mentioned above...The caves here...must be attributed to a very early age, and may be regarded as among the oldest in Western India."

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