Close view from the south of façade of the Manikeshvara Temple, Jhodga, showing moulding details
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the south facade of the Manikeshvara temple, Jhodga taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s or 1890s. Today, Jhodga, located in northern Maharashtra, is a large town. Cousens visited the town as part of the Archaeological Survey of Western India. The Manikeshvara Temple faces west and is raised on a high basement. It consists of a central hall with its porch and three shrines and a superstructure now ruined. There is a large Nandi positioned in front of the shrine, and this combined with the linga inside the building would suggest that the temple was Shaivaite. The main shrine hall and the porch are of original construction while the two side shrines are more recent. This photograph shows clearly the disjunction between the moulding pattern of the older shrine and shikara ot tower and the later shrine on the left.