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Close view of sculptures (Narasimha and Kalki-avatara) in the pillared hall, Pathari, Bhopal State

Close view of sculptures (Narasimha and Kalki-avatara) in the pillared hall, Pathari, Bhopal State

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1329)

Item number: 10031329

Length: 23.6

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of sculptures in the pillared hall at Pathari, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1871-72 and described in J.D. Beglar, Report of a tour in Bundelkhand and Malwa, 1871-72... (A.S.I. vol VII, Calcutta, 1878), pp. 76-77: ''Close to the embankment and north-east of the great temple stands a group of ruins, consisting of the ruins of several temples and pillared halls; the principal one appears to have consisted of a court-yard surrounded on three sides by pillared halls...The statues inside are numerous; there are, in fact, all the ten avatars of Vishnu except the fish; the tortoise incarnation is remarkable...it represents a pole on the back of a tortoise with a rope wound round it, the ends of which are held on opposite sides by human figures; it is a representation of the churning of the sea when Vishnu assumed the form of a tortoise...The statue of the Buddha incarnation...is remarkable; it represents a man standing, holding an alms-bowl in his hand, and with a canopy over his head of the extended hood of a naga; this is a very unusual way of representing Buddha, and as such worthy of notice.'' Narasimha (Vishnu as man-lion to destroy Hiranyakashipu) is at the left, the rest of the photograph is difficult to make out.

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