General view of the Great Sasbahu Temple, Gwalior 10031446
Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Great Sasbahu Temple at Gwalior, in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Bourne and Shepherd around 1883, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The great fortress of Gwalior is perched on long narrow hill that rises more than 100 m (300ft) above the plain. Many palaces and temples were built on the flat plateau on the top of the hill, including the two Sasbahu temples, erected in 1093 by the Kacchapaghatas. This is a view of the larger temple which consists of a sanctuary adjoining a triple-storey mandapa or hall with three projecting porches. A pyramidal roof covers mandapa but the tower over the sanctuary has collapsed. The walls, the doorways and the ceilings preserve some of the foliate decoration but the figural panels on the walls have not survived. The photograph shows the restoration work undertaken in the early 1880s.