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Close view of mouldings at the base of the shikara of the Siddheshvara Temple, Bahulara, Bankura District

Close view of mouldings at the base of the shikara of the Siddheshvara Temple, Bahulara, Bankura District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2)

Item number: 10032

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Siddheshvara Temple at Bahulara, Bankura District, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1872-73. This Shiva temple was built in the 11th Century and is made entirely of brick. The towered sanctuary is covered with mouldings and large arched motifs which display affinities with Orissan temple architecture. Concerning the temple complex, J.D. Beglar reported: ''The finest brick temple in the district, and the finest though not the largest that I have seen in Bengal, is the one at Bahulara, on the right bank of the Darikeswara River, 12 miles from Bankura; the temple is of brick, plastered; the ornamentation is carefully cut into the brick, and the plaster made to correspond to it...The mouldings of the basement are, to a great extent, gone..."

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