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General view from the north-east of the remains of the second temple at Dhotra, Buldana District, Berar.

General view from the north-east of the remains of the second temple at Dhotra, Buldana District, Berar.

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/33(3365)

Item number: 1000333365

Genre: Photograph

This general view of a temple at Dhotra, Buldana District, Berar was taken by Robert Gill in 1871 and is part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (India Office Series). The site of Dhotra has some temples built in the Hemapanti style of architecture which flourished in Central India under the Yadava dynasty in the 12th century. They consist of a sanctuary, 'mandapa' or antechamber, and a porch. Henry Cousens who visited the site in 1902 commented on this group of temples that, '... There seems little doubt that these temples more or less devoid of figure sculpture upon the exterior represent the true Hemadpanti class... '. This temple is particularly plain, with only modest geometric ornamentation on the pillars. The columns and lintel of the temple remain standing, but rest of porch has collapsed.

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