Entrance to the sanctuary of a temple at Chandravati plate 17
Etcher: Finden, Edward Francis (1791-1857)
Etching of the entrance to the sanctuary of a temple at Chandravati by Edward Francis Finden (1791-1857) and Ghasi (fl. 1820's). Plate 17 of James Tod's 'Annals and antiquities of Rajast'han or the Central and Western Rajpoot States of India' published in London in 1832.
In 1818 several princely states of Northern India signed a treaty with the British and Colonel James Tod became the first Political Agent to the Western Rajput States. Along with his official duties, Tod became very interested in the genealogies of the Rajput Kingdoms as well as the art they produced. Chandravati is a small abandoned site near Jhalarapatan in Rajasthan. Ruined temples similar to the one found here were constructed in the same style as early as the 7th century. Many sculptures formerly at this site were moved to Jhalarapatan at a later date. Of this temple, Tod wrote that: 'The entrance chiefly excites admiration being a mass of elaborate workmanship of a peculiar kind, and the foliage and flowers may be considered perfect.'