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General view of ruined temple at Deo Baranark

General view of ruined temple at Deo Baranark

Photographer: Garrick, Henry Baily Wade

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1881

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(461)

Item number: 1003461

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a ruined temple partially obscured by trees and vegetation at Deo Baranark taken by Henry Baily Wade Garrick in 1881-82. The temple is

is described by A. Cunningham in the Report of tours in North and South Bihar in 1880-81 (A.S.I. vol. XVI, Calcutta, 1883) p. 70, "The roof is made by 26 successive courses of overlapping bricks, the small opening at the top being closed by a stone slab. In shape it is a very fair approach to a hemisphere ... But the curve is rather flat below. The upper chamber is completely broken down on the east, but the back wall is still standing...Of the roof I saw only one brick still remaining in position, but single specimen...showed that this temple also had been covered with a Hindu vault of four sides meeting in a point..." The temple was dedicated to Surya, a god associated with the sun and the entrance faces east. This is in the direction of the rising sun, which has a spectacular effect on the temple's interior on certain mornings. The temple is poorly preserved, which can be clearly seen from this photograph.

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