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General view of the chief shrine of the Ravaneshvara Temple, Deoghar (or Baijnath), Sonthal Parganas.

General view of the chief shrine of the Ravaneshvara Temple, Deoghar (or Baijnath), Sonthal Parganas.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(499)

Item number: 1003499

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the chief shrine of the Ravaneshvara temple was taken by Joseph David Beglar c.1872-73 and forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The temple is located close to a village known as Deoghar and Baijnath, in the Sonthal Parganas district of Bihar. The town is home to 22 temples all of which are either dedicated to Mahadeva or his wife Gauri Parbati. They are situated within a large, paved courtyard. According to Beglar, most of the temples were built around 400 years ago and the town has been a major centre of pilgrimage for at least that long. The relics housed within the temples are mainly around four feet in height.

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