With reference to the art and archaeological history of India, which one among the following was made earliest?
[UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2015 Prelims]
(a) Lingaraja Temple at Bhubaneswar
(b) Rock-cut Elephant at Dhauli
(c) Rock-cut Monuments at Mahabalipuram
(d) Varaha Image at Udayagiri
- The rock-cut Elephant at Dhauli was crafted during the reign of Ashoka (272-231 BC) and stands as the earliest among the four options.
- The Lingaraja Temple in Bhubaneswar was constructed in the 11th century AD.
- The rock-cut monuments at Mahabalipuram were created in the 7th century AD.
- The Varaha Image at Udayagiri was crafted in the 5th century AD.
Therefore, option (b) is the correct answer.