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General view of the Mahadeva Temple, Chandeshvara, Puri District.

General view of the Mahadeva Temple, Chandeshvara, Puri District.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(329)

Item number: 1003329

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the base of the sanctuary tower and entrance to the temple at Chandeshvara was taken by Joseph David Beglar c.1874-76 as part of the Archaeological Survey of India. The Bengal list gives details of the site, "The execution of the sculptures outside the temple is of the degraded and in many instances obscene class peculiar to the decline of the art during the 11th and 12th centuries AD. The temple originally measured 90'x45', but these original limits have since been considerably reduced by the destruction of all except the sanctum and antarala or antechamber. The ceiling of the sanctum is supported by four pillars standing within the chamber." J.D. Beglar, Report of tours in the south-eastern provinces in 1874-75 and 1875-76 (A.S.I. vol. XIII, Calcutta, 1882), pp. 536-537

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