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General view of the Amriteshvara Temple, Ratanvadi

General view of the Amriteshvara Temple, Ratanvadi

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1724)

Item number: 10031724

Length: 232

Width: 287

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Amriteshvara temple, Ratanvadi taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Ratanvadi is situated in modern day Maharashtra, close to Bhandadara. The Amriteshvara Temple faces west and is dedicated to Shiva. It is very similar in plan to the temple at Akola as both, unusually, have an entrance at the rear of the shrine. The sole difference in planning is that the temple pictured here does not have two side mandapas or porches whilst that at Akola does. A Nandi image faces the back door of the shrine. The mandapa is roofless, but the shikara is intact. The walls are decorated but only two walls on either side of the shrine have images set in niches. There are perforated windows in shallow recesses. The temple incorporates few windows into its design to keep out wild animals; Ratanvadi is situated in mountainous country.

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