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General view from the north-west of the Changdeva Temple, Changdeva

General view from the north-west of the Changdeva Temple, Changdeva

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2117)

Item number: 10032117

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the the north-west of the Changdeva Temple, Changdeva taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s or 1890s. Changdeva is situated in modern day Maharashtra. The town is home to two temples, the Changdeva temple and the Ahalyabai temple. The former is pictured here and consists of a sanctuary and a mandapa, or porch, facing east. The sanctuary is dedicated to Vishnu although the shrine now houses an image of Changdeva. Extensively rebuilt, the manner in which modifications were undertaken has been described at the time this photograph was taken as "outrageous". The original walls still survive up to the cornice and are heavily decorated but they have been shored up in places with large quantities of mud bricks, as can be seen in the foreground on the left of this photograph. In general the structure is in a poor state of repair, the roof of the mandapa has collapsed as well as some of the pillars. This photograph shows a view of the rear of the temple.

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