Close view of porches and walls of central mandapa of the Gondeshvara Temple, Sinnar, showing moulding and sculpture detail
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the rear of the main shrine and shikara of the Gondeshvara Temple, Sinnar taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s or 1890s. Sinnar is situated in Maharashtra, twenty miles south of Nasik. The Gondeshvara temple was erected under the Yadava rulers of the Deccan in the 11th Century. It is a Panchayatana temple, meaning that it incorporates five shrines. The central temple is dedicated to Shiva and the four smaller surrounding shrines are associated with Vishnu, Ganesha, Surya and Parvarti. The main temple faces east and consists of a sanctuary built on a star-shaped plan. This photograph shows two of the three porches, and the façade between, of the mandapa of the main shrine, with part of the shikara visible in the background. The shikara continues the projections of the walls beneath and is made of miniature towers flanking a central band covered with a mesh of arch-like motifs. The whole complex is raised on a platform and below this, the basement is heavily decorated with an animal frieze.