Carvings on facade of mandapa and north side of the Navalakha Temple, Ghumli, Kathiawar
Photographer: Burgess, James
Medium: Photographic print
The Naulakha Temple is a large Hindu temple from the 13th Century much ruined but still preserving part of its elaborate decoration. The temple is raised on a finely carved basement with friezes representing kirtimukhas and elephants, horses, birds, snakes intermixed with human figures standing, kneeling, playing and dancing. The sanctuary is surrounded by a passageway and there is a mandapa of two storeys supported on elaborately carved columns. The tower over the sanctuary has collapsed. The carvings in this view represent 2 elephants and a makara with their trunks intertwined and a sculpture of Shiva and Parvati set in a niche framed by two colonnettes.