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General view of brick temple, Rajapodor

General view of brick temple, Rajapodor

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2627)

Item number: 10032627

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the brick temple at Rajapodor, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1874-76. Although Beglar is not certain, it seems likely that Rajapodor is located in Kalahandi district of the modern state of Orissa. As part of his 'Report of tours in the South-Eastern Provinces in 1874-75 and 1875-76', J.D.Beglar described this temple: "The principal one is a large ruined brick temple, which in its original state included a large sanctum, a vestibule, a mahamandapa of large size, a mandapa and an arddha mandapa or portico; the entire superstructure is so completely gone...From the absence of amalakas within the temple ruins, ... I am inclined to think a part of it was flat-roofed, but it is quite possible that the sanctum had a tower roof, for though no amalakas lie within some lie about, though at a short distance from the ruins, and may have belonged to this temple."

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