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Close view of entrance to brick temple, east of the village, known as the Durga Temple, Para, Manbhum District.

Close view of entrance to brick temple, east of the village, known as the Durga Temple, Para, Manbhum District.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(156)

Item number: 1003156

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the brick temple, east of the village of Para, known as the Durga Temple taken by Joseph David Beglar between 1872 and 1873. At that time Beglar wrote the following account of this temple, "…the bricks used measure more than 17 inches long by over 11 inches in width, and are all set in mud…so minutely was the carving done, that a space 1 inch square shows sculptured two tiny bells, their ropes, and the twist of the several strands of the ropes clearly made out…." The temple stands on a high plinth which was added to stop the structure from falling down. This fate has already befallen the mandapa, of which very little remains. At one point the interior of the temple was plastered however little of this remained when Beglar visited. "The entrance to the lower portion now existing is, as usual, cut up into two portions, - a lower rectangular doorway proper, and an upper pentagonal illuminating window, by a stone door frame inserted in the opening; the upper portion, when it begins narrowing, does so by the usual expedient of overlapping courses; there is no trace of any arching whatever…." J.D. Beglar, Report of a tour through the Bengal Provinces...in 1872-73 (A.S.I. vol. VIII, Calcutta, 1878), pp. 164-5

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