Caves belong to the best-preserved examples of the architecture of the Salasthambha period or Mlechchha dynasty, ruling the ancient Assamese state of Kamarupa in 655 – 900 AD. Ascetics used these chambers for meditation also in later times. Even the name of Jogighopa comes from these caves – this name means approximately “cave of mendicants”.
The best-preserved chamber is 2.6 m wide, 1.8 m deep and up to 1.9 m high, with a slightly concave ceiling. In front of it, there is verandah – 75 cm long and 35 cm wide. In later times there has been added a platform of brick and mud. An interesting detail is a ledge around the entrance – it drains the rainwater away from the cave. Otherwise, the cave has no ancient adornment. Rock-cut flight of steps is placed in the front of the cave.
Other caves are smaller. One of the caves has flights of stone-cut steps on either side of entrance.
- Jogighopi Cave Temples, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Image gallery.
Jogighopa Cave Temples on the map
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|Location, GPS coordinates:||26.2187 N 90.5734 E|
|Categories:||Buddhist shrines, Rock cut temples and monasteries|
|Values:||Art, Architecture, History, Archaeology|
|Rating:||(1.5 / 5)|
|Where is located?||Asia, India, Assam, Bongaigaon district, South Salmara, Jogighopa city|
|Alternate writing:||Jogigopa Caves|
|Writing in Hindi:||गोलपाड़ा|
|Age:||Around 655 – 900 AD|
Video of Jogighopa Cave Temples
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