Close view of entrance to the Jarah ki Math Temple, outside the village of Phatera, near Barwa Sagar
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance of the Jarah ki Math temple at Barwa Sagar, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1890s. The Jarai Math Temple was built in the 9th century during the Pratihara period. It consists of a rectangular sanctuary preceded by a vestibule with an elaborate doorway. The five door jambs are elaborately ornamented with carvings of lotus scrolls, panels depicting Shiva and Parvati, figures of ganas framed by pilasters, amorous couples and celestial figures. The lintel has figurative representations of the nine planets and of the Saptamatrikas, the Seven Mothers. Over the lintel are four rows of figures with six four armed goddesses with ganas; another panel shows Garuda-Narayana in the centre flanked by gods. The third panel has some bird-headed goddesses flanked by the Dikpalas on their mounts. At the base of the jambs stand river-goddesses and door-guardians.