Ancient palace close to Siva temple at Menal
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of an ancient palace near the Shiva temple at Menal, Rajasthan taken by an unknown photographer for the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Northern Circle (North-Western Provinces and Oudh) in 1896-97. Menal is a complex of 50 Shiva temples near Bundi established in the Gupta period. The Gupta period (c. 320-647) was when the majority of northern India was under one dynasty and the style of the Hindu temple architecture coalesced and took its recognizable shape. While the earliest remains at Mehal date to the Gupta period, many of the buildings were built later, in the 11th and 12th centuries. Although the building in this photograph is described as a palace, it was probably used for monastic purposes.