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Front view of Nandi Pavilion east of the Vishvanatha Temple, Khajuraho

Front view of Nandi Pavilion east of the Vishvanatha Temple, Khajuraho

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1406)

Item number: 10031406

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken Joseph Beglar in 1871-2 for the Archaeological Survey of India. The Vishvanatha Temple was erected in 1002 by King Dangadeva of the Chandella dynasty as indicated by an inscription found in the temple. The temple stands on a high terrace and the sanctuary and the mandapa walls are adorned by 3 rows of sculptures depicting amorous scenes. The tower has projections and miniature tower-like elements. The temple used to be surrounded by 4 smaller shrines but only 2 are still standing. East of the temple is a pillared pavilion with a pyramidal roof housing a large Nandi. The basement is carved with a frieze of elephants.

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