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Close view of small pillars around temple façade, Bharauli, Jhansi District

Close view of small pillars around temple façade, Bharauli, Jhansi District

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(736)

Item number: 1003736

Genre: Print

Photograph of the pillars around the temple fa├žade 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.'

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