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General view of the Sarasvati Temple, Gadag

General view of the Sarasvati Temple, Gadag

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1917)

Item number: 10031917

Length: 206

Width: 261

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Sarasvati Temple, Gadag taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. The Sarasvati temple stands in a compound in the south of Gadag with the larger Trikuteshvara temple. Both temples open on to a central hall and are decorated in a similar style with many pilasters and figural panels overhung with eaves. In the 'List of Antiquarian Remains in the Bombay Presidency' Cousens describes the temple as : ''...a little gem. The pillars of the hall are most minutely and delicately carved with a profusion of ornament. The ceilings, parapet wall and shrine doorway are all equally well decorated. Within the shrine, seated upon a sinhasana, is a mutilated life-sized image of Sarasvati wearing an abundance of jewelery, all beautifully carved in black polished stone.'' This view looks towards the open-sided mandapa of the temple.

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