Report of Tours in the South-eastern Provinces in 1874-75 and 1875-76

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Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, 1882 - India - 165 pages

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Page 73 - ... failed, except the choice ones (choice as to excellence of preservation) picked out and secured by the Deputy Commissioner ; the rest got dispersed, and it is now hopeless to try and find out where they are, if they indeed exist at all and have not been melted. The finding of these coins at Bamanghati shows that it lay on some great line of road from the seaport Tamluk to the interior, for it is more probable that they came in via Tamluk than overland from the Roman empire.
Page 118 - ... Short Account of Scotland, written by an Englishman in 1688, the author tells us that, while there were no stage-coaches in Scotland, 'there are a few hackneys at Edinburgh, which they may hire into the country on urgent occasions.' It is to be remarked, however, that Edinburgh, being all packed within a space of a mile in length by half a mile in breadth, upon irregular ground, and with very few streets fit for the passage of wheeled vehicles, was a discouraging field for this kind of conveyance....
Page 52 - To thee, O Lord ! for help we fly, And on thy love of right rely ; With kindly patience hear us speak, And grant the boon we humbly seek. That lord of earth were most unjust, Foul traitor to his solemn trust, Who should a sixth of all require, Nor guard his people like a sire. * * * Come Rama, come, and see hard by The holy hermits' corpses lie, Where many a tangled pathway shows The murderous work of cruel foes. These wicked fiends the hermits kill Who live on Chitrakuta's Hill, And blood of slaughtered...
Page 70 - Kali, Mahesasuri Devi, &c., fragments of these being frequent. A remarkable piece of sculpture, of curious and excellent execution and very spirited design, represents the forepart of an elephant elaborately ornamented ; the elephant is kneeling, and evidently formed either a pedestal of a figure or projected from the plinth near the entrance of some one of the numerous temples, in a manner similar to the projecting figures of elephants in other parts of India. The excellence of execution and design...
Page 70 - Buddha, and like many of them with his head covered with littls curls. That this figure is Buddhist, its general resemblance to figures of Buddha in Magadha leads me to believe; still there is' nothing impossible in its being Jaina. With these two exceptions. all the figures are Brahmanical, and almost exclusively Saivic...
Page 43 - ... their home, Down hangs the work of laboring bees, The ponderous honeycomb. > In the fair wood before us spread The startled wild-cock cries : Hark, where the flowers are soft to tread, The peacock's voice replies. Where elephants are roaming free, And sweet birds' songs are loud, The glorious Chitrakuta see ; His peaks are in the cloud.
Page 136 - ... only the sanctum and its attached antarala, but there can be little doubt, from the great extent of the terrace in front, on which the temple stands, that it once had a large mahamandapa of some kind in front. The temple is of brick, and not particularly remarkable in any way, but it is clearly of the northern type of architecture, and although it is not possible with any certainty to assign its age, there can, I conceive, be little doubt that it must be placed a century anterior to the numerous...
Page 119 - I was allowed to approach and take a plan of one of them. These temples are planned on the principle of intersecting squares laid down by Fergusson as the most common type of the plan of mediaeval temples in India. Really this form of intersecting squares is very rare, as may be seen on comparison of such plans as have yet been obtained ; they are certainly extremely beautiful, and though small they are gems of art in their own humble way.
Page 134 - A two armed figure ; one hand holds a trident the other broken. . — Missing, but a four-armed skeleton figure is lying broken on the floor in front of the niche, and near it a seven-headed two-armed standing male figure. . — A two-armed female, holding a trident in one hand.
Page 43 - Sita there shalt thou delight To gaze upon the woody height ; There with expanding heart to look On river, table-land, and brook, And see the foaming torrent rave Impetuous from the mountain cave. Auspicious hill ! where all day long The lapwing's cry, the Ko'il's song Make all who listen gay : Where all is fresh and fair to see, Where elephants and deer roam free, There, as a hermit, stay.

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