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Close view of moulding at base of tower of Mahadeva Temple, Chandesvara, Puri District

Close view of moulding at base of tower of Mahadeva Temple, Chandesvara, Puri District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(330)

Item number: 1003330

Genre: Photograph

This photograph shows the base of the sanctuary tower of the Mahadeva Temple at Chandesvara, Puri District, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1874-76. In a report written at that time Beglar said that, "The execution of the sculptures outside the temple is of the degraded and in many instances obscene class peculiar to the decline of the art during the 11th and 12th centuries AD. The temple originally measured 90'x45', but these original limits have since been considerably reduced by the destruction of all except the sanctum and antarala or antechamber. The ceiling of the sanctum is supported by four pillars standing within the chamber." J.D. Beglar, Report of tours in the south-eastern provinces in 1874-75 and 1875-76 (A.S.I. vol. XIII, Calcutta, 1882), pp. 536-537

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