The Caves of Pha-gat
colossi, twice the height of Goliath, to miniature figures fit for a penwiper. A great stalagmite, rising up from the floor to near the brow of the overhanging cliff, is completely covered with small images of the Buddha enthroned, and its summit is crowned by a small pagoda.
Imposing as is this spectacle, it shrinks to insignificance when compared with the scene which opens on entering the cavern itself. In the words of a bygone
traveller: " It is of vast size, chiefly in one apartment, which needs no human art to render it sublime. The eye is confused, and the heart appalled. . . . Everywhere, on the floor, overhead, on the jutting points, and on the stalactite festoons of the roof, are crowded together images of Gautamaathe offerings of successive ages. Some are perfectly gilded ; others encrusted with calcareous matter ; some fallen, yet sound ; others mouldered; others just erected. Some of these are of stupendous size ; some not larger than one's finger ; and