Close view of façade of Jain temple in the Fort, showing mouldings and sculptural details, Hangal
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the façade of the Jain temple in the Fort at Hangal, showing mouldings and sculptural details, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. The Jain temple at Hangal consists of a sanctuary and an open hall closed in the back which have both lost their superstructure. The shrine now incorporates a tower of bricks with a hemispherical crowning. The temple is built on a stepped plan and its walls have thin pilasters but not in the characteristic pattern of projections and recesses of the Dravida or Southern architecture. The sculptural decoration is elaborate and consists of flowers, gods, torana and garlands. The temple was probably built after AD 1150.