Close view of base of façade of Mukteshvara Temple, Chaudanpur, showing mouldings and sculptural details.
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Mukteshvara Temple at Chaudanpur, with a row of inscription slabs standing in the foreground, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. In his report he wrote, "The temple has a deep overhanging cornice with a double curved outline, forming the eaves of the porches...The tower now becomes a 'Chalukya' tower, as that term is used to denote the distinctive style evolved within the Kanarese districts about the tenth and eleventh centuries." The outer walls of the shrine incorporate sculptured panels and niches in which images were placed. The temple has two porches enclosed by a low wall, richly decorated with bands of scroll work and repetitions of little shikaras. This photograph gives a good illustration of the intricate mouldings that run along the base of the temple's shikara. A window is also in view, the lintel of which is surmounted by a relief sculpture of a shikara.