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Close view of sculptures of Parashurama and Ramachandavatara (Rama incarnations of Vishnu), Garhwa, Allahabad District

Close view of sculptures of Parashurama and Ramachandavatara (Rama incarnations of Vishnu), Garhwa, Allahabad District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(658)

Item number: 1003658

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of sculptures of Parashurama and Ramachandavatara (Rama incarnations of Vishnu) from Garwha, Allahabad District, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. In a report of tours in that area in 1874-75 and in 1876-77 A. Cunningham wrote, "This name of Garhwa or "the Fort" is a complete misnomer as the place is only a square enclosure around a group of temples, without any strength as a military position...The oldest remains in Garhwa belong to the age of the Guptas...The only existing temple stands in the south-west corner of the enclosure...From these inscriptions it would appear that the temple was first opened in...A.D.1142." These sculptures probably adorned this temple as they were found close to it.

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