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 sligtly concave ceiling. In the front of it there is verandah – 75 cm long and 35 cm wide. In later times here has been added a platform of brich and mud. Interesting detail is 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 cave.
Other caves are smaller. One of caves has flights of stone-cut steps on either side of entrance.
- Jogighopi Cave Temples, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Image gallery. Accessed on May 7, 2010.
|Coordinates:||26.2187 N 90.5734 E|
|Categories:||Buddhist shrines, Rock cut temples and monasteries|
|Values:||Art, Architecture, History, Archaeology|
|Address:||Asia, India, Assam, Bongaigaon district, South Salmara, Jogighopa city|
|Alternate writing:||Jogigopa Caves|
|Writing in Hindi:||गोलपाड़ा|
|Age:||Around 655 – 900 AD|
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