Detail of moulding at the base of temple No. 2 (Durga Temple), Barakar, Burdwan District
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph showing a detail of the moulding on temple No.2 (Durga Temples) at Barakar, Burdwan District, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1872-73. In the report he wrote at that time Beglar said, "Temples Nos. 1 and 2 are precisely like each other. As they stand at present, they consist of a simple cell each, surmounted by a tower roof, but there are traces of a mandapa in front...One of the temples is inscribed...From the style of the characters, the temples do not appear to date beyond the Muhammadan conquest...The basement mouldings of these temples are not elegant, though they are deeply cut, and rise to a great height...Artistically, the very profusion of deep-cut lines, richly sculptured, which do not apparently increase the stability of the temple, is unsatisfactory." The temples were built in the 16th century, imitating the design of the earlier Siddheshvara temple. The walls are decorated with friezes and depictions of animals.