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General view of remains of Buddhist temple of later date than the Stupa, Bharhut

General view of remains of Buddhist temple of later date than the Stupa, Bharhut

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1504)

Item number: 10031504

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the remains of the wall and sculpture fragments of a Buddhist temple at Bharhut, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1874. The remains of this temple are described eloquently by Alexander Cunningham in the 'Report of a Tour in the Central Provinces in 1873-74 and 1874-75' (A.S.I. vol. IX, Calcutta, 1879) pp. 2-3, '...there is also a ruined temple of mediaeval date which deserves to be noticed...The original old temple was of small size, but it would appear to have been enlarged at a later period;... a second smaller pedestal was placed on top of the larger one, on which is seated a colossal figure of Buddha, with his right shoulder bare, his right hand resting on his knee and his left hand on his lap. On the upper pedestal to the right are some Brahmanical figures in subordinate positions: Kali, the skeleton goddess; Siva, with his noose and thunderbolt; Brahma, with his beard and three head; and Indra, on his elephant...On the lower pedestal there are two lions.'

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