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General view from the south of Temple No. 2, Balsane

General view from the south of Temple No. 2, Balsane

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2110)

Item number: 10032110

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Temple No. 2 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 goddesses such as Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati and Brahma. This photograph faces one of the three entrance porches and to its left is the temple's sanctuary. The temple's poor standard of preservation is clearly visible both in the sculpture that adorns the exterior wall of the temple and the remnants of what was once a domed roof .

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