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Close view of base of one of the west pillars of the Kantaji Temple, Kantanagar

Close view of base of one of the west pillars of the Kantaji Temple, Kantanagar

Photographer: Ravenshaw, John Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/33(3330)

Item number: 1000333330

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the base of one of the west pillars of the Kantaji Temple at Kantanagar, taken by John Henry Ravenshaw around 1871. This temple was built in 1752 by Maharaja Pran Nath of Dinajpur and is one of the most elaborate of the late medieval brick temples of Bangladesh. The temple stands on a sandstone plinth and has the curved cornice typical of buildings in this area. It comprises three tiers originally topped by an impressive tower. There were additional smaller towers at the four corners of both the lower tiers. All nine towers were later destroyed during an earthquake in 1897, while the body of the temple still survives today. The inner sanctuary has three entrances and is surrounded by a verandah that has three arched openings on each face. The exterior is decorated with terracotta plaques and relief carvings of varied floral and figurative motifs. Most of the scenes represented are from the epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. This view shows the richly-carved detail of a pillar of the temple.

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