Close view of small pillars around temple façade, Bharauli, Jhansi District
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the pillars around the temple façade of a temple at Bharauli, Jhansi district, part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Indian Museum Series, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. The district of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh was ruled by a succession of dynasties under several different names, the most noted being the Chandella kings who ruled from the 9th to the 12th centuries. The Nort-Western Provinces List of 1891 reads, 'At Bharauli...there is a perfect temple of the Chandella period, built of solid stone, mostly granite, the interior being elegantly carved with figures. In plan it is cruciform, and the centre is occupied by a lingam, whilst the arms of the cross are utilized as porches...The sanctum is roofed by a fine cusped ceiling supported on stone lintels carried on columns. The outside forms a sikhara, and is crowned by a kalasa. The whole is in a fair state of preservation, and standing as it does between the defile of two rocks, looks very picturesque.'