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General view of old temple, Bail Hangal, Belgaum District.

General view of old temple, Bail Hangal, Belgaum District.

Photographer: Burgess, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/3(316)

Item number: 10003316

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Ramalinga temple at Bail Hongal in Belgaum District, taken by James Burgess around 1874. Bail Hongal is situated 40 km east of Belgaum. It has a simple Chalukya medieval temple which was probably built around AD 1200. It faces east and consists of a sanctuary with a hall with three entrances. The front half is open. Here there are half-length and full-length bell pillars decorated with blocks on the shafts. The outer walls have horizontal mouldings. Outside the temple there is an inscription slab, a relief sculpture of a cobra and another relief sculpture with intertwined snakes.

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