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General view of Temple No. 2 and other temples, Balsane

General view of Temple No. 2 and other temples, Balsane

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2109)

Item number: 10032109

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Temple No. 2 and others at Balsane, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s-90s. This temple is one of nine built at Balsane in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The majority were constructed in the Yadava Deccan style of architecture, the example depicted in this photograph included. Temple no.2 can be entered from three directions, through open porches. The fourth side incorporates the temple's sanctuary, where the votive image was kept. It is unclear which deity this temple was dedicated to, as the original image was weathered beyond recognition when Cousens visited. The temple's interior is adorned with many gods and godesses such as Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati and Brahma. In this photograph temple no.2 is on the right of the photograph and can be seen in its immediate context. Although three other temples are situated nearby, only two are visible here.

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