Close view of the entrance porch of the Mala De Temple, Gyaraspur, showing details of sculptured columns
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance porch to the Mala De Jain Temple at Gyaraspur in Bhopal State, taken by Joseph David Belgar in c. 1871-72 as part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Indian Museum Series (Duplicates). The Maladevi temple dates to the 9th Century and is an example of the mature Pratihara style. The temple, which is partly structural and partly rock-cut, is situated on the slope of a hill and is composed of a sanctum with ambulatory passageway, a mandapa and a porch. Covered by a lofty curvilinear tower of seven storeys decorated by meshes of arch-like motifs, the temple is entered through a porch standing on four profusely ornamented pillars. These rise on a square moulded basement with niches on the four sides and have a ghatapallava or pot and foliage base and capital and an octagonal fluted shaft with chain-and-bell carvings. The temple was originally dedicated to a Hindu deity although Jain figures have now been placed inside.