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Close view of base of tower showing moulding and sculpture, large temple, Narayanpur, Raipur District

Close view of base of tower showing moulding and sculpture, large temple, Narayanpur, Raipur District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1287)

Item number: 10031287

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the tower of the large temple at Narayanpur, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1873-74. Narayanpur is home to around ten stone temples. From their architectural style, Beglar claims that they cannot have been constructed before the ninth century. Most of the temples are quite small and in a poor state of preservation; the example shown in this photograph is the largest and the best preserved of the group. It was described by Beglar in his 'Report of a tour in Bundelkhand and Malwa, 1871-72; and in the Central Provinces, 1873-74' : "The exterior of the temple is richly ornamented with mouldings profusely sculptured, and two rows of figures going round the sanctum...The existence of Vaishnava statues shows, however, that one or more Vasihnava temples once existed here..."

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