History of Indian and Eastern Architecture, Vol 2 by Ed. James Burgess And R. Phene Spiers James Fergusson

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One at Mukhtagiri, for instance, near Gawilgarh, is situated in a deep well-wooded valley, traversed by a stream that breaks in its course into numerous picturesque waterfalls. Another example of this love of the picturesque is found at Ranpur, near Sadari, in Godwar district of the Jodhpur In a territory. remote valley piercing the western flank of the Aravalli or Adabala there is hills, a small group of temples, notperhapssopicturesquely situ- j~ ated as those at ^ but Mukhtagiri, of more interest architecturally, and situated in a spot evidently selected for its natural beauties.

The style of the pillars and the whole execution point to about the 7th century as the 1 probable date of the excavation. Near Dharasinva, in the Haidarabad districts about 37 miles north from Sholapur, are several Jaina caves, of which two are of considerable size, the hall of the second in the group being quite 80 ft. deep and from 79 to 85 ft. across, with eight cells in each of the side walls and six in the back besides the shrine. The roof is supported, as at Bagh, by a double square of pillars, the outer of twenty and the inner of twelve piers.

3 Burgess, 'Archaeological Survey of vol. i. (1875), P- 2 5 Western India', plates 36 and 37. CHAP. ELURA JAINA CAVES. II. has roomy chapels at each side, and at the back is the shrine 8J ft. square, containing a seated figure of Mahavira. The front of the shrine is supported by two carved pillars, and at each side of the entrance is a Dwarapala carved on the wall as in Brahmantcal and later Buddhist caves. The style of the pillars and the whole execution point to about the 7th century as the 1 probable date of the excavation.

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