Close view of top of shikara of the Mala De Jain Temple, Gyaraspur, Bhopal State
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a close view of the top of the shikara of the Mala De Jain Temple at Gyaraspur in Bhopal State, taken by David J. Belgar in c. 1871-72 as part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Indian Museum Series (Duplicates). The Maladevi Temple dates from the 9th century and represents an example of the mature Pratihara style. The temple, partly structural partly rock-cut, is situated on the slope of the hill overlooking Gyaraspur and consists of an entrance porch, a hall and a sanctuary with a circumambulatory passageway, covered by a lofty curvilinear tower of seven storeys decorated by meshes of arch-like motifs.