General view of the Bhavani-Shankara Temple, Hubli
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Bhavani-Shankara Temple at Hubli, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Hubli, a large city in Karnataka is not known for temple architecture. The structure shown in this photograph is well hidden in the urban environment and it is really only local people that known of its existence. The sandstone temple faces east and consists of three shrines which have a common hall. It is built in a Dravida style and dates to the 11th century. The interior contains lathe-turned pillars that seem to be of a later date than the rest of the structure. The central cell contains a large image of Vishnu, the southern cell, a linga and in the northern cell stands an image of Ganesh. A fine broken image of Surya and an inscribed slab are lying outside. The exterior of the building has been poorly renovated and many of the sculpted figures are badly worn.