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General view of the great temple at Mynal

General view of the great temple at Mynal

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1640)

Item number: 10031640

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Mahanaleshvara Temple at Menal, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. At Menal there are many Hindu temples built on the edge of a gorge with a waterfall, the oldest dating fromt the 9th century, Pratihara period. The Mahanaleshvara Temple is the most important of the temples at this site. It dates back to the 11th Century, Chahamana period. The tower over the sanctuary has tiers of miniature temple towers and meshed bands in the middle, typical of central Indian architecture and is crowned by a large amalaka. The front has a seated lion. The outer walls are decorated with panels carved with guardian deities and Shaiva figures. The mandapa has projecting porches and has a pyramidal roof of many tiers.

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