General view of the Jain Temple of Pataini Devi, Pithaora
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Jain Temple of Pataini Devi at Pithaora, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1873-74. In his Report of a tour in the Central Provinces in 1873-74 and 1874-75, A.Cunningham wrote, "...the temple of Paitani Devi forms a conspicuous object in the treeless landscape, standing out boldly, on a low projecting spur of the lofty hill whose quarries furnished the stones of the Bharhut sculptures. The temple itself is a very small one...But it is remarkable for its massive stones, and more particularly for its flat roof, which is formed of a single slab...after the manner of the early Gupta temples...The figure of the goddess...is surrounded by a series of small figures....[which] have their names labelled below them in characters of the 10th or 11th century....Over the doorway outside there are three figures...These...have such a decided Jainish appearance, that I feel satisfied that the enshrined goddess must belong to the Jains...The temple appears to be much older than the earliest date which can be assigned to the inscriptions...I am therefore strongly inclined to place the date of the temple as early as the time of the Guptas..."