Adinath Temple (Jain), Khujraho
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Adinatha Temple at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in 1882. Khajuraho was the capital of the Chandela dynasty which ruled in central India in the 9th century. Of the numerous temples that were erected at this site only about twenty five have survived. They represent the culmination of the central Indian style of architecture and the sensuous sculptures that decorate them are among the masterpieces of Indian art. The Adinatha temple belongs to the late 11th century of the Chandela period and is a Jain temple. The sanctuary is covered by a tower with vertical bands decorated with arch-like motifs. The outer walls have three bands of sculptures depicting deities and celestial beings.