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Close view of the ruins of the Ahalyabai Temple in the river bed at Changdeva

Close view of the ruins of the Ahalyabai Temple in the river bed at Changdeva

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2116)

Item number: 10032116

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Ahalyabai Temple, in the river bed at Changdeva taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s or 1890s. Changdeva is situated in modern day Maharashtra. The town is home to two temples, the Changdeva temple and the Ahalyabai temple.

The latter is pictured here, with the river beyond. The temple appears to be situated at the junction of the Purna and Tapti rivers. Written in the Bombay list, p.60 at the time this photograph was taken, we are told that: ''The temple in the river bed, built by Ahalyabai of Indor, is a modern construction. The whole of the upper part of the temple has tumbled over into the bed of the river en bloc, and now lies partly buried in the sand, while the lofty platform upon which it was built has nothing on it but the lower courses of the temple plinth.''

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