Close view of perforated stone panel at side of east doorway of the Chandramauleshvara Temple, Unkal
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the doorway of the Chandramauleshvara Temple at Unkal, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Unkal is located in the modern state of Karnataka, three miles north of Hubli. The Chandramauleshvara is a Chalukya temple which has been dated to the 12th century. The temple is of an unusual plan as it incorporates four entrances. It is possible that the shrine was dedicated to Brahma, the four faced deity, the image of whom would have been aligned so that one face looked out of each entrance. A number of statues of his consort, Sarasvati, also make this interpretation seem likely. This view shows the sculptural detail of scroll panel of one of the four doorways to the sanctuary about which Cousens wrote, "Each of the panels of the east doorway is filled with a beautiful scroll of arabesque with little musicians filling each of the whorls. Above this door there is an architrave with three little niches for the images of Brahmas, Shiva and Vishnu."