Doorway of temple near Burwa Sagor, Jhansi road
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the doorway of the Jarai ki Math temple near Barwa Sagar, taken by Deen Dayal in 1882, from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Scenes and Sculptures of Central India, Photographed by Lala Deen Diyal, Indore.'. The Jarai ki Math Temple is ascribed to the 9th century, Pratihara period and consists of a rectangular sanctuary preceded by a vestibule with an elaborate doorway. The five jambs are elaborately ornamented with carvings of lotus scrolls, panels depicting Shiva and Parvati, figures of ganas framed by pilasters, amorous couples and celestial figures. The lintel has figures of the nine planets and of the Saptamatrikas, the Seven Mothers. Over the lintel are four rows of figures with six four armed goddesses with ganas; another panel shows Garuda-Narayana in the centre flanked by gods. The third panel has bird-headed goddesses flanked by the Dikpalas on their mounts. At the base of the jambs there are river-goddesses and door-guardians.