Close view of entrance to the shrine of the Ayeshvara Temple, Sinnar
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance to the shrine of the Ayeshvara Temple at Sinnar taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s-90s. Sinnar is located in Maharashtra, twenty miles south of Nasik. The town is home to a number of temples, most of which were built between the eighth and eleventh centuries, like that shown in this photograph. In the Bombay List of 1897 Henry Cousens wrote, ''The shrine of Aesvara upon the north-west of the town...is the remains of a Chalukyan temple. It consists now of the shrine, but with part of the first storey of the shikara, and eight columns standing out before it in two groups of four each, one behind the other. These pillars are polygonal in plan...four being eight-sided and four six-sided with recessed corners...A most superb piece of carving spans the entrance to the antechamber and is one of the finest pieces of chiselled decorative work to be found in any shrine in Western India....Altogether this temple has been a perfect gem, rich in the very best workmanship, the bas-reliefs being exceedingly well carved.'' This view shows the semicircular arch over the entrance of the antechamber. It is composed of three elaborate carved bands rising from the jaws of two makaras, or sea monsters with flowing tails. The central panel represents Shiva dancing the Tandava dance.