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Golden domed temple, Kangra.

Golden domed temple, Kangra.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: Photo 222/(52)

Item number: 22252

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the golden domed temple at Kangra from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864.This wealthy temple has had a chequered history. It attracted Mahmud of Ghazni, the famous plunderer from Central Asia, who looted a great treasure trove of gold and silver around 1009 AD. Tughlaq rulers of the Delhi Sultanate plundered it again in 1360. However, the town re-established itself and during the reign of Jahangir in the early 17th century the temple was paved with plates of pure silver. Although it was destroyed by the 1905 earthquake, it was restored to its former glory in 1930. The three domes of this temple represent Hindu, Muslim and Sikh architecture which is quite rare.

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