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General view of the Varaha Temple, Khajuraho

General view of the Varaha Temple, Khajuraho

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1409)

Item number: 10031409

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Varaha Temple at Khajuraho, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1871-72. Khajuraho was the capital of the Chandella dynasty who ascended to the power in the 10th -11th Centuries in Central India. They were enthusiastic patrons of architecture and adorned the site with many tanks and Hindu and Jain temples; twenty-five out of the eighty-five original structures are still in existence. These temples represent the culmination of the Nagara or North Indian style for their complex schemes as well as the splendid sculptures that cover them which are among the masterpieces of Indian art. The Varaha Temple in this view is a small, square temple with a pyramidal roof. The image within of Varaha (Vishnu as boar) can be made out in the photograph.

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