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General view of the Mahadeva Temple, Mahadeopur, Shahabad District

General view of the Mahadeva Temple, Mahadeopur, Shahabad District

Photographer: Garrick, Henry Baily Wade

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1881

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(473)

Item number: 1003473

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Mahadeva Temple at Mahadeopur, Shahabad District, taken by Henry Baily Wade Garrick. In the report of his photographic tour of 1881-1882, Garrick wrote, "...one very curious early brick temple quite enveloped amid the spreading branches of a fine old pipal tree...The temple is almost unique, even as regards its general form, but the pinnacle, or final member, which crowns it, is particularly so, being in form a modification between a double-umbrella and double-mushroom. The glimpses of these ruins that were visible through the luxuriant foliage of the pipal, together with that handsome tree itself, had a very picturesque effect; but such a picture would be of little use for archaeological purposes, as it would not show the details of the building. Hence, I was obliged to cut away the branches from its eastern or front face in order to secure a view showing the two storeys of the temple, with its doorways of over-lapping bricks, also the very peculiar pinnacle, above mentioned."

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