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General view of the village of Katras, Manbhum District

General view of the village of Katras, Manbhum District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(148)

Item number: 1003148

Genre: Photograph

A distant view, looking across a field, with the temple visible on the skyline, taken by Joseph David Beglar and described in his 'Report of a tour through the Bengal Provinces...in 1872-73': ''To the east of, and separated from, the village by a small rivulet stands a half-ruined temple known as the Dewal; this temple is especially interesting, as showing the construction of temples of this class - single-cell ones - and for the simplicity of its mouldings; the temple is remarkably plain; it has in front the tall triangular opening, formed of overlapping stones, and divided into two portions by by a broad slab let in across; at present I see no remains of any mandapa in front, but the existence of the dividing slab shows that it existed at one time, as otherwise the slab dividing the opening into an entrance proper and a window becomes meaningless.''

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