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General view of the small temple at Janjgir, Bilaspur District

General view of the small temple at Janjgir, Bilaspur District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1206)

Item number: 10031206

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the small temple at Janjgir, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1873-74. 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, "There are two temples, one of which is much dilapidated, and the other never was finished. The smaller of the two temples is a complete temple, now much decayed; it was Vaishnavic; it faces east, and consists of the full complement of 4 chambers and a hall. The temple is built in stone and is profusely sculptured everywhere, both inside and out, except the exterior of the sanctum, which is perfectly plain...The whole of the walls are profusely sculptured with scenes from the Ramayana..." The sculpture is not of the highest quality as it appears to have been executed somewhat hastily. The temple has affinities with those at Khajuraho especially in the construction of the windows.

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