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Close view of inscribed pillar in Bansa Mosque, Lalitpur.

Close view of inscribed pillar in Bansa Mosque, Lalitpur.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(804)

Item number: 1003804

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an inscribed pillar in Bansa Mosque, Lalitpur taken by an unknown photographer in either the 1880s or 1890s. "In the town there is a small masjid 19 feet 4 inches square, built entirely of Hindu materials, or perhaps it is part of a Hindu temple, only slightly altered. It is called Bansa, and bears an inscription in Devanagari letters of the time of Firuz Shah. The erection of the masjid must therefore be later than the date of this inscription, Samvat 1415, or A.D. 1358. The pillars of the masjid apparently must have belonged to three or four different temples, as they are of very different sizes as well as of different patterns." [North-Western Provinces list p. 123] Parts of Hindu and Jain temples are used extensively throughout the town of Lalitpur, for example as gate posts or door steps.

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