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Carvings on facade of mandapa and north side of the Navalakha Temple, Ghumli, Kathiawar

Carvings on facade of mandapa and north side of the Navalakha Temple, Ghumli, Kathiawar

Photographer: Burgess, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/4(405)

Item number: 10004405

Length: 25.5

Width: 19.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

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.

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