Interior of the small temple at Janjgir, Bilaspur District
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of the small temple at Janjgir, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1873-74 and described in his 'Report of a tour in Bundelkhand and Malwa, 1871-72; and in the Central Provinces, 1873-74' (A.S.I. vol. VII, Calcutta, 1878), pp. 204-211, "There are two temples, one of which is much dilapidated, and the other never was finished. The smaller of the two temples is a complete temple, now much decayed; it was Vaishnavic; it faces east, and consists of the full complement of 4 chambers and a hall. The temple is built in stone and is profusely sculptured everywhere, both inside and out, except the exterior of the sanctum, which is perfectly plain...The central figure on the top sill of the entrance is Vishnu with Brahma and Siva at the sides; the entrance is elaborately sculptured." The sculpture is not of the highest quality as it appears to have been executed somewhat hastily. The temple has affinities with Khajuraho especially in the construction of the windows.