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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: The Bhaje, Bedse, and Karla Caves: Photo 64

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We can cool off inside, where "fifteen pillars on each side separate the nave from the aisles; each pillar has a tall base, an octagonal shaft, and richly ornamented capital, on which kneel two elephants, each bearing two figures, generally a man and a woman, but sometimes two females, all very much better executed than such ornaments usually are. ... Seven pillars behind the altar are plain octagonal piers... We can walk around the dagoba, because there are none of the barriers that exist at Ajanta. Those barries are not just an ASI fetish. "It does not appear whether the votary was admitted beyond the colonnade under the front, the rest being devoted to the priests and the ceremonies... and he therefore never could see whence the light came, and stood in comparative shade himself, so as to heighten its effect considerably."

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