Close view of column in the Chandranatha Basti, Bhatkal
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a column from the Chandranatha Basti temple, Bhatkal taken by Henry Cousens in either the 1880s or the 1890s. Bhatkal was a small town when Cousens visited, yet the large numbers of ruined temples found there suggested to him that it had once been one of the most important religious centres in Maharashtra. The Jain temple pictured, was built in either the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries and is called the Jattapa Nayakana Chandranatheshvara Basti in the caption. This photograph gives a view of a pillar from the temple which is square in section at the base, with lathe-turned middle sections. Henry Cousens reported: ''The pillars in these temples are very shapeless when compared with those in the older buildings which we have been studying in the previous pages. There is an indecision of outline and infirmity of purpose about them; they are ill-proportioned, squat and clumsy, and, if designed by the decendants of the old Chalukya builders, they show a great falling-off and general decadence in their art.''