Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tentuli Gumpha - I, Khandagiri

The rock cut cave, Tentuli Gumpha - I is located on middle terrace of the  Khandagiri Hillock of Orissa. It belongs to 1st century B.C.  during the period of  Mahameghavahana Chedi dynasty. 




It consists of a single small dwelling cell with two entrances and a benched verandah with a simple pillar in the middle.



The cave is devoid of sculptural friezes except for the arched entrances with small carving of  two elephant seated back to back on either side of the arch.



The bracket supporting the pillar has beautiful carving of elephant.

25 comments:

krishna said...

beautiful picture.. i had been in Udaygiri.. i didn't have time to go to Khandagiri at that same trip.. hope in future I could go there...

rupam sarma said...

Great captures, Nice post

R Niranjan Das said...

Beautiful captures.

Bhushavali N said...

Beautiful. The antiquity & rustic quality gets me so attracted to it!
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George said...

What a fascinating dwelling cell. I really like the elephant carving.

Uppal said...

Beautiful slice of history!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

very knowledgeable...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The elephant is perfect. It is enough!

Sylvia K said...

Fascinating place!! Great captures and lovely blue, blue skies, Rajesh!! Enjoy your weekend!!

Barb said...

Rajesh, I would have to wait on the verandah admiring the elephant sculptures! Do people still go inside? Such an old dwelling cave.

dhiru guri said...

Nice pictures.

ladyfi said...

Lovely carving!

Gattina said...

Amazing what people had sculptured and built such a long time ago !

Jeevan said...

Nice discovery with the cave! Wonderful perspective on pillars and bracket

Maya Harrison said...

That's a very interesting place... It's amazing how smart people are in the past, they are able to accomplish such great design.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Fascinating place, very nice the elephant carving.

Jeannie Marie said...

It's a beautiful entrance. I can't help but wonder about the person who carved the elephant.

EG CameraGirl said...

I love the history in these photos.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The shadows are deep and dark and inviting!

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GreenComotion said...

The carving of the elephant in stone in very beautiful, Rajesh!
Nice find and nice photos!!
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Ruth Kelly said...

Your country has so many beautiful sculptures on your temples.

Marie C said...

A beautiful place! I love the elephant frieze sculpture!

Easwar Arumugam said...

Nice pictures

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Beautiful!

Durga Prasad Dash said...

stories in stone