About the Book:
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. The author
had spent ten years as an indigo planter in India and made numerous trips around
India in order to study and document its cave temples. Beginning with a classification
and chronology of the Buddhist caves, the cave temples in Kathiawar, South Konkan,
Karla, Bhaja, Junnar, Nasic, Ajanta etc., are described in Book-I. In Book-II,
the Mahayana caves at Ajanta, Kanheri, Bagh, Ellora and Aurangabad have been
discussed. Book-III discusses the early Brahmanical caves at Aihole, Badami,
Ellora, etc., and the later Brahmanical caves at Elephanta etc. In Book-IV,
the Jaina cave temples at Badami, Aiholi, Ellora, Gwalior have been described.
Featuring intricately detailed and elaborate carvings of various religious
figures, these cave structures are architectural marvels unlike any other. Illustrated
with more than 150 maps, plans and drawings, this work of impressive scope remains
of relevance to students of Indian architecture and history.
About the Author(s):
James Fergusson (1808-1886) was a Scottish-born architectural historian, mainly
remembered for his interest in Indian historical architecture and antiquities.
He was an important figure in the 19th century rediscovery of ancient India.
He was originally a businessman, and though not formally trained as an architect,
designed some buildings and decorative schemes. He received the gold medal of
the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1871.
James Burgess (1832-1916), an archaeologist, was the part of the Archaeological
Survey of India.