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Front view of the remains of the second temple at Dhotra, Buldana District, Berar

Front view of the remains of the second temple at Dhotra, Buldana District, Berar

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/33(3364)

Item number: 1000333364

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the front view of the remains of the second temple at Dhotra, Buldana District, Berar, taken by Robert Gill in 1871. The columns and lintel remain standing, but rest of porch has collapsed. The site of Dhotra has some temples built in the Hemapanti style of architecture which flourished in Central India under the Yadava dynasty in the 12th century. They consist of a sanctuary and a porch and the exterior is decorated with bands of mouldings but there is no figure sculpture. Henry Cousens who visited the site in 1902 wrote about of these temples, '... There seems little doubt that these temples more or less devoid of figure sculpture upon the exterior represent the true Hemadpanti class... '. There are however some figural carvings on the lower jambs of the shrine doorway.

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