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Front or east view of the old Jain temple at Sirpur, Basim (Washim) District, Berar

Front or east view of the old Jain temple at Sirpur, Basim (Washim) District, Berar

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/33(3354)

Item number: 1000333354

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the base of the old Jain temple at Sirpur in Berar, part of the 'Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (volume 33)' collection, taken by Robert Gill in circa 1871. Sirpur is 12 miles west of Basim and is famous for the shrine of Antariksha Parsvanatha, sacred to the Jains. At this site there is a small but ancient Jain temple that has a horizontal dome with richly carved pendants. This temple is dated by inscription to 1406. It is star-shaped in plan and its walls are decorated with panels of carved arabesque motifs. Figural sculpture is limited to detachable images placed in three interior niches of the shrine.

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