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Front view of two small ruined temples near the village of Anjaneri, Nasik District

Front view of two small ruined temples near the village of Anjaneri, Nasik District

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2154)

Item number: 10032154

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a group of six ruined temples near the village of Anjaneri, Nasik District taken by Henry Cousens either in the 1880s or the 1890s. Anjaneri is situated in northern Maharashtra. A large number of temples were built here independently of one another, unusual for temples of such a small size. They are not clustered around a central shrine in the manner that most small Indian temples are, instead each stands alone and is dedicated to a different deity. The Brahmanical shrines have been damaged very badly and probably on purpose whilst the Jain shrines have been better preserved. This photograph shows the two largest temples of a group of six shrines in the village of Anjaneri. The largest, Temple No.1, faces east and consists of a sanctuary with a pillared hall before it and a pillared verandah. The exterior is very plain apart from a series of mouldings. The pillars are decorated with the kirtimukha motif and over the doorways there is a figure of a seated Jaina. The sanctuary is covered by a curvilinear spire. Temple No. 2, which stands next to it, is a smaller Jain shrine facing south and has two richly decorated pillars in the porch.

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