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General view of dilapidated large temple at Janjgir, Bilaspur District

General view of dilapidated large temple at Janjgir, Bilaspur District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1202)

Item number: 10031202

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the large temple at Janjgir, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1873-74. J.D. Beglar described it in his 'Report of a tour in Bundelkhand and Malwa, 1871-72; and in the Central Provinces, 1873-74' (A.S.I. vol. VII, Calcutta, 1878), pp. 204-211, "The great unfinished temple stands on a large oblong terrace; the external walls of the terrace, up to the point where the sloping backs of the seat should be, appear to have been completed...The temple consists of a cell only; it is profusely sculptured outside with statues as at Khajuraha, but without any obscenity; the tower is only half, or rather less than half, finished, and is also profusely sculptured right up to the top as far as finished." Above the entrance, Vishnu is depicted as a central figure above Brahma and Shiva. Therefore the temple is probably Vaishnavaite. A space exists for the walls to join the main temple which makes it clear that it was the builders intention that a mandapa should be attached. A small temple that can be seen in the background.

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