General view of a temple of the Chandella period, Phatera
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Jarai ki Math Temple at Phatera, taken by Edmund William Smith in the 1890s. In the 'The Monumental Antiquities and Inscriptions in the North Western Provinces and Oudh', A.Fuhrer describes this temple, "...A little less than three miles to the west of Barua Sagar, near the village of Phatera, is a temple-tower of the ninth century, built on the summit .... constructed of solid blocks of sandstone, richly carved with figures from the Hindu pantheon .... Externally it measures about 22 feet by nine feet, but originally it extended at least another nine feet in an eastward direction. It is built in the form of a shikara, the outline of which is simple. A great proportion of the east façade is covered with 'horse-shoe' diaper work, and profusely ornamented with figure carving of a high class nature."