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General view of the Kopeshvara Temple, Khedrapur

General view of the Kopeshvara Temple, Khedrapur

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2142)

Item number: 10032142

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Kopeshvara Temple, Khedrapur taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s or 1890s. Khedrapur is located in the Kolhapur district of the modern state of Maharashtra. Cousens gave an excellent description of the temple in 1897 : ''...on the Krishna, 30 miles east of Kolhapur...a comparatively late structure of the style of the great temple in Kolhapur city...It has never been finished, save with rude brick and plaster in the most vulgar style. The workmanship, though elaborate and careful, lacks the finish, delicacy, and richness of design which are found in the older work...Before the temple stands an unfinished open hall which would have been an imposing and ornate building had it been completed. It was intended that it should have had a magnificent domical ceiling...but this unfinished top has been crowned, in later times, by a very ugly, low, crenellated, rough brick parapet in the very worst taste...'' The incomplete mandapa and parapet can both be seen in this photograph.

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