Interior view of the ceiling of the mahamandapa of the Mahadeva Temple, Pali, Bilaspur District
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the ceiling of the mahamandapa of the Mahadeva Temple at Pali, 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. 217-18, "The dome of the mahamandapa consists of courses of concentric fretted circles each smaller than the next lower course until at the top one small circle with a pendant closes the opening; the circle rises from an octagon formed by cutting off the corners of the square diagonally by massive architraves from pilaster to pilaster; each tier of the overlapping courses of the dome is richly fretted and coved, the whole arrangement forming a hemisphere of semi-circular hollowed niches, each enshrining a small seated figure with folded hands; the lowest course alone represents a series of figures in various attitudes...; below this is the octagon ornamented by the usual geometric patterns and lotus leaves." The temple is Shivaite which can be inferred from the image of Shiva that stands over the entrance.