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General view of Brahmeshvara and surrounding temples, from the south, Bhubaneshwar

General view of Brahmeshvara and surrounding temples, from the south, Bhubaneshwar

Photographer: Cornish, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(230)

Item number: 1003230

Genre: Photograph

General view of the Brahmeshvara Temple, Bhubaneshwar from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by William Henry Cornish in 1892. The Brahmeshvara Temple complex (c.1060) stands within a walled enclosure with a principal temple and four smaller corner shrines. The sanctuary is roofed by a tall vertical tower while the mandapa has a solid pyramidal roof. The outer doorway is decorated with guardian figures with foliation and scrollwork and a row of Navagrahas, the nine planets of Indian astronomy. The panels on the tower have sculptures of amorous couples and rearing beasts in the recesses between the wall projections.

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