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Close view of the entrance porch of the Mala De Temple, Gyaraspur, showing details of sculptured columns

Close view of the entrance porch of the Mala De Temple, Gyaraspur, showing details of sculptured columns

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1312)

Item number: 10031312

Length: 23.9

Width: 19.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

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.

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