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Barabar Caves, portal of Lomas Rishi

Barabar Caves, portal of Lomas Rishi

The Barabar Caves are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India, mostly dating from the Maurya Empire (322–185 BCE), some with Ashokan inscriptions, located in the Bela Ganj Block of Gaya district, Bihar, India, 24 km north of Gaya.     These caves are situated in the twin hills of Barabar and Nagarjuni. Caves of Nagarjuni Hill sometimes are singled out as Nagarjuni Caves. These rock-cut chambers date back to the 3rd century BC, Maurya period, of Ashoka (273-232 BCE) and his son Dasaratha…

The Barabar Caves are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India, mostly dating from the Maurya Empire (322–185 BCE), some with Ashokan inscriptions, located in the Bela Ganj Block of Gaya district, Bihar, India, 24 km north of Gaya. These caves are situated in the twin hills of Barabar and Nagarjuni. Caves of Nagarjuni Hill sometimes are singled out as Nagarjuni Caves. These rock-cut chambers date back to the 3rd century BC, Maurya period, of Ashoka (273-232 BCE) and his son Dasaratha…

That's this one from Barabar. And it's a small prototype of what's to come. There's wooden architectural styles in this example. Hence, they were transitioning from wooden to more stone works.    There's only a couple of examples, while in the Gerco Roman, Mediterranean world, there are far more examples. Hence I stand, they were more advanced than Indians at the time.   Source: http://defence.pk/threads/beautifull-and-most-sacred-chruches-in-india.325034/page-28#ixzz47WlsviBo

That's this one from Barabar. And it's a small prototype of what's to come. There's wooden architectural styles in this example. Hence, they were transitioning from wooden to more stone works. There's only a couple of examples, while in the Gerco Roman, Mediterranean world, there are far more examples. Hence I stand, they were more advanced than Indians at the time. Source: http://defence.pk/threads/beautifull-and-most-sacred-chruches-in-india.325034/page-28#ixzz47WlsviBo

Mauryan architecture in the Barabar Mounts. Grottoe of Lomas Rishi. 3rd century BCE.

Mauryan architecture in the Barabar Mounts. Grottoe of Lomas Rishi. 3rd century BCE.

Nakula and Sahadevaratha ratha - Mamallapuram, Tamilnadu

Nakula and Sahadevaratha ratha - Mamallapuram, Tamilnadu

Entrance to the Lomas Rishi Cave, Barabar Hills, mid-3rd century B.C.

Entrance to the Lomas Rishi Cave, Barabar Hills, mid-3rd century B.C.

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