General view of the Siddheshvara Temple, Akola
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph the Siddheshvara Temple, Akola taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Akola is situated in modern day Maharashtra. The Siddheshvara temple is the oldest temple at Akola and, dedicated to Shiva, it faces east. The general plan consists of shrine with two doorways, one allowing entrance from the mandapa or hall and unusually for Indian temples, a second entrance at the back of the shrine. The mandapa is entered through a porch on the west, with an antechamber and shrine on the east. and there is a smaller porch covering the eastern or back door of the shrine. On the north and south sides of the mandapa there are porch-like extensions contained in a small wall. The shrine is richly decorated with sculptures while the walls are quite plain. A long sanskrit inscription was found at the temple which has been badly abraded.