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General view from the north-east of the Mudhaidevi Temple, Vaghli

General view from the north-east of the Mudhaidevi Temple, Vaghli

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2139)

Item number: 10032139

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the the north-east of the Mudhaidevi Temple, Vaghli taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s to 1890s. Vaghli is situated close to the town of Chalisgaon in north eastern Maharashtra. A mile to the south west of the village of Vaghli is the principal temple in the area, the Mudhaidevi shrine which was built on a star-shaped plan and incorporated a mandapa or porch. The temple was originally dedicated to Surya as indicated by the image of Surya displayed at the back or west niche and by a number of large sculptures of Surya that were found in the vicinity of the temple. More recently, the temple was converted to the worship of Mudhaidevi. In the north niche there is a figure of Mahakali and in the south niche Ganesh. The walls of the mandapa are quite plain and the roof is supported on four very plain pillars. A number of smaller shrines would have stood around the temple, however by the time this photograph was taken, these had disappeared as had the shikhara or temple tower.

At the time the temple was described in the Bombay list, p. 64 as: ''...about seven miles to the north-east of Chalisgaon...situated upon an artificial mound upon the banks of the river, and is now partly in ruins. Smaller shrines which surrounded it...have disappeared save the ruins of one which stood on the south of the temple...Lying within the temple, and also outside are large blocks, portions of the temple, upon which are carved full length figures of Surya, three on each...The shikara or tower of the temple has disappeared.''

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