Chaori in Mokundara Pass
Lithographer: Dibdin, Thomas Colman (1810-1893)
Medium: Lithograph, coloured
This is plate 5 from James Fergusson's book, 'Ancient Architecture in Hindoostan'. The village of Mukandara in Rajasthan is found in the hills of the same name. This abandoned structure was probably the front mandapa (or porch) of a large temple. Fergusson dated this building to the 5th century, but this is probably too early. Impressed by the remoteness of this site, he wrote: "the solitude of the spot, the beauty of the surrounding scenery and, to my mind, perhaps the charm of mistery that hangs over it, combine to render it one of the most interesting monuments of Hindostan".