A little further north is the cave known as Do Ṫhâl, because it has for long been regarded as consisting only of two storeys. In 1876 the excavation of the earth from what was then the lower floor revealed the landing of a stair from a cave below. This was partially excavated in 1877, and laid open a verandah, 102 feet in length by 9 feet wide, with two cells and a shrine behind, in which is Buddha with Padmapâni and Vajrapâni or Indra as his attendants, the latter with the vajra or thunderbolt in his right hand.
The stair Ieads into a similar verandah above, with eight square pillars in front, the back wall pierced with five doors. The first, at the stair landing, is only the commencement of a cell. The second, to the south, leads into a shrine with a colossal Buddha, his right hand on his knee, and the left in his lap. In front of the throne, rising from the floor, is a small female figure holding up a water jar, and to the right another sitting on a prostrate figure. Buddha's left-hand attendant has a flower stalk by his left side, and over the bud is a vajra or thunderbolt—a short object with three prongs on either end. On the same (or right) wall are three other tall standing males. The one next Vajrapâni has a similar flower-stalk supporting an oblong object which strongly resembles a native book tied up with a string; this may perhaps be Manjuśrî. The next holds a lotus-bud, and the last a pennon. On the return of the wall is a tall female figure with a flower. On the north side are also three figures, one of which holds a very long sword; and on the return of the wall on this side a fat male figure, adorned with garlands and necklaces, with a round object like a cocoanut in his right, and perhaps a money bag in his left hand—possibly meant to represent the excavator. Above these figures on either side are seven figures of Buddhas, the foliage of the peculiar Bodhi-tree of each extending over his head like an umbrella. The central door leads into a small hall with two square pillars, and partially lighted by two small windows. Behind it is a shrine with a Buddha on a siñhâsana, or throne supported by lions, his feet crossed in front of him, his right hand hanging over his knee—in the Bhumisparśa or Vajrâsana mudrâ. Vajrapâni here holds up his vajra in his right hand.
The fourth door has a carved architrave, and leads into a shrine very similar to the corresponding one on the other side the central area. Buddha, as usual, with his attendants Padmapâni, bejewelled and wearing a thick cord or necklace, and Vajrapâni with three tall figures on either side, the one next to Vajrapâni having a book on the top of the flower-bud he holds, the strings by which it is held together being distinctly visible. There are seven squatting Buddhas above, with the foliage extending over their heads; and on the inside of the front wall, on the north, a fat male figure with garlands and necklaces, a round object,—perhaps a cocoanut—in his right hand, and in his left what appears to be a purse from which coins are dropping out; on the south side stands a female with a flower in her left hand: these again possibly represent the patron and patroness of the cave. The last door leads into a cell.
At the north end of the verandah, the stair ascends to the upper storey. It requires little description: it was intended to have three shrines as below; the south one, however, has not been commenced; the north one contains a squat, and the central a sitting Buddha with two attendants only. On the walls are many small Buddhas, a Padmapâni with four arms, females with lotus-buds, &c.
There are several cells in the court; but, as it has not been cleaned out, and is deep in silt, only one of them is accessible, containing a headless image of Buddha, a seated Lokeśvara, and other sculptures.