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General view of the Jain Chaturmukha Basti, Gersoppa

General view of the Jain Chaturmukha Basti, Gersoppa

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2026)

Item number: 10032026

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Jain Chaturmukha Basti, Gersappa taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Gersappa is located in the modern state of Karnataka. The town was abandoned when this photograph was taken and covered in dense undergrowth. In 1926 Henry Cousens reported that at Gersappa, ''the remains now consist of several ruined temples, chief among them being that called the Chaturmukha-Basti, a cruciform-planned temple having four porches, one facing each of the four cardinal points...The temple contains in its central shrine, which has four doors, the chaumukha or chaturmukha, which is a square altar or pedestal with four seated life-size Jinas, one on each side of the square facing each door. The spire, if it ever had one, has disappeared. Around the temple was a verandah, the solitary columns of which still stand, the roof slabs having been removed.''

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