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Interior of the Gudha Mandapa, Surya Temple, Modhera 10031739

Interior of the Gudha Mandapa, Surya Temple, Modhera 10031739

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1739)

Item number: 10031739

Length: 262

Width: 203

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s for the Archaeological Survey of India. The Surya Temple at Modhera, one of the grandest architectural achievements of the Solanki style in Gujarat, was built in 1027 and although shown here in a ruinous condition it still reflects its former splendour. The temple consists of a sanctuary with a closed adjoining hall (gudha mandapa) and an open pillared mandapa, all aligned to the east and built on a stepped plan. In the gudha mandapa the tall and elaborate pillars are arranged to form an octagon. This view shows the carving on the pillars and around the drum of the dome. The temple has since undergone extensive restoration.

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