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Porch of temple, Baijnath, Kangra district (Punjab). 24 October 1870

Porch of temple, Baijnath, Kangra district (Punjab). 24 October 1870

Artist: Harcourt, Alfred Frederick Pollock (1836-1910)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: WD2573

Item number: 2573

Length: 23

Width: 35.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing by Alfred Frederick Pollock Harcourt of the porch of the temple at Baijnath, Kangra district, Punjab, dated 24 October 1870. Inscribed on front in pencil: 'Porch of Baijnath temple. 24 October 70. A.H.'

The District Gazetteer of Kangra describes the Baijnath Temple: "One of the most remarkable monuments of the Bias valley is the temple of Baijnath. The village of that name is situated 23 miles east of Nagarkot, as the crow flies, close to the Mandi border and on the main road which leads from the Punjab plains through Kangra, Kulu, Lahul, and Ladakh to Central Asia. Baijnath is in reality the appellation of the chief temple dedicated to SivaVaidyanatha ("Lord of Physicians") which has know the Village itself. The original name of the village was Kiragrama. The Baijnath temple is orientated due west. It consists of a puri or adytum, 8 feet square inside and 18 feet outside, surmounted by a spire of the usual conical shape, and...a...mandapa or front hall, 20 feet square inside, covered with a low pyramid shaped roof."

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