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General view of Jain temples near the tank at Kundalpur, Damoh District

General view of Jain temples near the tank at Kundalpur, Damoh District

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1224)

Item number: 10031224

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of some Jain temples looking across the tank at Kundalpur, taken by Henry Cousens in 1892-94. Kundalpur is situated in the modern state of Madhya Pradesh. There are approximately fifty modern Jain temples, twenty on the hill and thirty around the tank. Cunningham, in his 'Report on a Tour in Rewa, Bundelkhand, Malwa and Gwailor in 1884-85' describes the temples as consisting of "square blocks, with dome-roofs and pinnacles at the corners. They are all whitewashed, and look very like Muhammadan tombs." The main temple contains a twelve feet high image of Mahavira, standing on a four feet pedestal. An inscription at another Jain temple can be dated to 1700 giving an indication of the date of the temple's construction.

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