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Close view of temple, showing details of moulding at base of tower and sculpture niche of Varaha, Garhwa, Allahabad District

Close view of temple, showing details of moulding at base of tower and sculpture niche of Varaha, Garhwa, Allahabad District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(655)

Item number: 1003655

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the temple at Garhwa, Allahabad District, showing the details of the moulding at base of the tower and the sculpture niche of Varaha, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. In a report of a tour in that area in 1871-72, A. Cunningham wrote, "In a small room against the wall in the north-west corner of the enclosure there are no less than eight statues of Vishnu and two of the Varaha Avatara or Boar incarnation... I conclude that some of them must have belonged to the large temple which is still standing in the enclosure...The temple consists of two parts: an open pillared hall or mandapa ... supported on sixteen pillars, and a sanctum or garbhagriha ... As all the statues have been removed from the outside as well as the inside of the temple, there is nothing to show to whom it was dedicated." The temple is dated to around A.D. 1199.

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