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Bumzu cave temple, 1902

Bumzu cave Temple, Bhawan  Kashmir 1902
Bumzu cave Temple, Bhawan
1902
"The following day was spent in exploring the Bawan caves and the massive temple ruins of Martand.

The first cave I entered with much inward trepidation lest our touchwood torches should go out or loose stones be showered on us from the roof. We were shown the recess where a devotee of old lived his strange life and left his bones. A few yards beyond this further progress, except by crawling, was stopped by a recent fall of stones, and so we sought the entrance and made our way to the last and largest cave, which contains what is, perhaps, the very earliest Kashmiri temple. The porch has been cut out of the solid rock, and thence a gloomy passage leads to a flight of steps ascending to the little temple itself. A climb up the hill bought us to the plateau where the grand ruins of Martand stand sentinel, as they have done through countless ages. "

~ Photograph and text: 'A walking tour in Kashmir by Miss. A.V. Stewart. Nursing sister in the Indian Army.' For 'World Wide Magazine. Volume 10. 1902.

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