Close view of mouldings and balcony of the Jarah ki Math Temple, outside the village of Phatera, near Barwa Sagar
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the carvings on the Jarai-ki-Math Temple at Pathera, near Barwa Sagar in Uttar Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer during the 1890s. The Jarai-ki-Math Temple is situated on rocky hill and was constructed in the ninth century, during the Pratihara period. It consists of a rectangular sanctuary preceded by a vestibule with an elaborate doorway. The structure stands on a platform surmounted by wall mouldings, which have a sculptured niche on each projection with figures of gods, nymphs and amorous couples. A large projecting niche-shrine with a miniature doorway and porch adorns the wall. The shikara or tower is covered by a motif of gavaksha-arches. The temple contains an image depicting Shiva and Parvati and an inscribed image of Durga.