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There is no a prif>ri reason why the date of some of the caves should not extend to the time of Asoka. When that monarch selected the Aswatama rock as a fit place on which to engrave a copy of his famous edicts, in sight of the hills, in which these caves are situated, the place must have been sacred, or at least famous for some reason or other. It may consequently then or immediately afterwards have been selected as a residence for cenobites, or persons devoted to the new faith, which was then becoming the established religion of the country.

On Surya's left hand is unmistakably represented the moon and stars, and on his right the world represented by a lotus flower; while in the chariot are his two wives, Prabha and Chhaya, not this time with their bows shooting at the Rakshasas of darkness, but KATAK CAVES. merely accompanying their lord and master in performing his task of illuminating the world. It is also of special interest in this place as being the earliest instance of that Sun worship which played so important a part in the history of Orissa, and culminated in the great Sun temple at Konaruc.

When I examined the cave, which I did with considerable care in 1839, I came to the conclusion that it contained no inscription. however, asserting this on my own evidence, which at best could be only negative from the nature of the ease, I telegraphed to Mr. Burgess, who was there on the spot to ascertain the fact. As his answer was that there is no inscription in the cave, I now assert it without hesitation, in spite of the Babu's suggestion that "it is possible that the inscriptions, which are painted ones, may have been effaced since the time Dr.

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