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General view of courtyard of Ali Bhavani Temple, Patan (Patna), Khandesh District

General view of courtyard of Ali Bhavani Temple, Patan (Patna), Khandesh District

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(580)

Item number: 580

Length: 17.8

Width: 22.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the courtyard of the Ali Bhavani Temple at Patan (Patna), Khandesh District, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Henry Cousens writes in "Revised List of Antiquarian Remains in the Bombay Presidency", vol.VIII, 1987: "At the upper end of the glen, on the east side of the stream, is the insignificant temple of Ali Bhavani. Very little of the original building now remains intact, most of what is seen nbeing rebuilt from the material of an older temple. From what little does remain, the temple would appear to have been a cluster of small shrines, with one or two small halls...In the outside of the courtyard wall, built into the wall, is a much-abraded inscription slab, partly of old temple materials the inscription may not be, and probably is not, in situ. It records the grant of land and money by Somhadeva to the college established for the study of the Siddhantasiromani and other works of the astronomer Bhaskaracharya. "

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