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General view of large temple at Narayanpur, Raipur District

General view of large temple at Narayanpur, Raipur District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1285)

Item number: 10031285

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the temple at Narayanpur, Raipur District, taken by Joseph David Beglar around 1873-74. J.D. Beglar reported: ''These temples are of stone; the principal one consists of a sanctum and a mandapa: the mandapa is an oblong hall greater in breadth than in length in the direction of the sanctum; it is or was open on all sides [in this view the openings have been bricked up], the roof being supported by four entire pillars in the centre, and dwarf ones resting on benches round the three exterior sides...here the plan is not tame, but rich in variety of light and shade, and the elevation is also richly adorned with bold mouldings and a profusion of sculpture; the temple faces east; it has evidently undergone repair; the mahamandapa having not only at some subsequent period been repaired with brick, but the openings at the side and front between the bench and the roof having been closed with patch-work brick walls. The sanctum of the temple leans over considerably, and the mouldings of the basement have got broken and greatly distorted in consequence.''

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