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General view of Gondeshvara Temple, Sinnar

General view of Gondeshvara Temple, Sinnar

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2177)

Item number: 10032177

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Gondeshvara Temple, Sinnar taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s or 1890s. Sinnar is situated in Maharashtra, twenty miles south of Nasik. The Gondeshvara temple was erected under the Yadava rulers of the Deccan in the 11th Century. It is a Panchayatana temple, meaning that it incorporates five shrines. The central temple is dedicated to Shiva and the four smaller surrounding shrines are associated with Vishnu, Ganesha, Surya and Parvarti. The main temple faces east and consists of a sanctuary built on a star-shaped plan. This is a view looking towards the central shrine with the Nandi pavilion in the centre and three of the four surrounding shrines also visible. The whole complex is raised on a platform and below this, the basement is heavily decorated with an animal frieze and sharply cut mouldings.

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