Close view of base of the Mala De Temple, showing details of sculpture on wall and porches, Gyaraspur, Bhopal State 10031313
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the base of the Mala De Jain Temple showing sculptures on walls and porches 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. Entered through a porch standing on four profusely ornamented pillars, the temple is covered by a lofty curvilinear tower of seven storeys decorated by meshes of arch-like motifs. 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.