Report on The Elura Cave Temples and The Brahmanical and Jaina Caves in Western India

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Item Code: NAI064
Author: Jas. Burgess
Publisher: Archaeological Survey of India
Language: English
Edition: 1994
Pages: 148 (52 B/W Plates Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
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As the object of the present volume is sufficiently explained III the introductory chapter, very little need be added by way of preface to it. Like the preceding one, it is intended as a supplement to the volume on The Cave Temples of India, which was intended as a general resume of the whole subject, but required for its completion special descriptions, such as those contained in this work on the Elura Caves, and on the Brahmanical and Jaina Caves elsewhere in Western India. These three volumes thus complete the, description and illustration of the Cave Temples ill Western India, so far as the Archaeological Survey of the Bombay Presidency is at present concerned; and though they are far from exhausting the subject, they may be considered as giving a fair presentation of it. The illustrations of the art and mythology which these works contain, it is believed, will be found interesting and instructive by a numerous and varied class of cultivated and scientific readers.

The inscriptions from Kanheri Caves contained in this volume belong rather to the preceding one; but the first arrangements made for their translation having failed, they were delayed, and finally undertaken by Dr. G. Buhler, C.I.E., of Vicuna, whose able 'versions will be valued by scholars. 'To him and to Mr. James Fergusson, D.C.L., LL.D., F.R.S., whose valuable help and suggestions have been most readily" afforded me, I owe my most hearty thanks.

Materials have been partly collected for a full description of the Medieval Temples of the Canarese Districts of the Bombay Presidency, especially those at Gadag, Lakshmesvar, Lakkundi, Dambal, &c., which it is intended shall form the next volume of these reports; and that will probably be followed by another on the Architectural Remains in Gujarat and other districts in the northern parts of the Presidency.


IIntroductory- the Elura Caves1
IIThe Buddhist Caves At Elura- the Southern Group4
Caves I-VI5
Caves VII and Vlll7
Cave IX8
IIIThe Three Larger Buddhist Caves or Northern Group9
The Visvakarma Chaitya Cave, No X9
The Don Thal Cave , No. XI13
The Tin Thal Cave, No. XII16
IVThe Elura Brahmanical Cave Temples:-
The Das Avatara23
The Kailasa or Rang Mahal26
VElura Brahmanical Caves North of Kailasa:-
Caves XVII to XX37
Cave XXI: Ramesvara38
Caves XXII to XXVII40
Cave XXIX : Dumar Lena41
VIThe Jaina Caves At Elura:-
The indra Sabha44
The Jagannath Sabha48
Cave XXXIV49
VIIThe Caves At Badami and Aihole50
VIIIJogesvari or Amboli and Lonad Caves52
IXElephanta Caves55
XHarischandragad And Patna Caves57
Patna Caves57
XIAnkai Caves- Brahmanical And Jaina58
XIIInscriptions By Professor G. Buhler , C.I.E., Vienna:-
1Nanaghat Inscriptions59
2Kanheri Inscriptions74
3Dasa Avatara Inscription at Elura87
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