General view of the Sundara Narayana Temple, Nasik
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Sundara Narayana temple at Nasik, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s-90s. Nasik is located in Karnataka. Due to it's location on the Godavari river, Nasik is an important pilgrimage centre and is home to a number of Hindu temples that were built relatively recently. The Sundara Narayana temple was built in 1756 on the steep west bank of the Godavari river. It is reached from the bathing ghats by a long set of steps. The outer walls are decorated with horizontal bands of mouldings. The curvilinear spire over the sanctuary is made of a clusters of miniatures spires. Inside the sanctuary there are three black stone images of Vishnu with consorts.