General view from the south-west of the Mudhaidevi Temple, Vaghli
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the the south-west 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.