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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: The Bhaje, Bedse, and Karla Caves: Photo 55

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Back to Burgess: "This chaitya is, without exception, the largest and finest, as well as the best preserved, of its class." At this point he quotes his colleague Fergusson, who had written that the cave "was excavated at a time when the style was in its greatest purity. In it, all the architectural defects of the previous examples are removed; the pillars of the nave are quite perpendicular. The original screen is superseded by one in stone ornamented with sculpture." The chaitya was "closed in front by an outer screen, composed of two stout octagonal pillars, without either base or capital, supporting what is now a plain mass of rock, but which was once ornamented by a wooden galley, forming the principal ornament of the facade.Above this, a dwarf colonnade or attic of four columns between pilasters admitted light to the great window...."

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