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Interior of Temple No. 2, Balsane

Interior of Temple No. 2, Balsane

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2112)

Item number: 10032112

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Temple No. 2 at Balsane, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s-90s. This temple is one of nine built at Balsane in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The majority were constructed in the Yadava Deccan style of architecture, the example depicted in this photograph included. Temple no.2 can be entered from three directions, through three open porches. The fourth side incorporates the temple's sanctuary, where the votive image was kept. It is unclear which deity this temple was dedicated to, as the original image, which can just be glimpsed in the background of this photograph, was weathered beyond recognition when Cousens visited. The temple's interior is adorned with many gods and goddesses such as Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati and Brahma. This is a view looking along the interior, showing the four carved columns that would have supported a domed roof. This has mainly collapsed, and piles of masonry litter the floor.

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