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Interior of Temple No. 3, Balsane

Interior of Temple No. 3, Balsane

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2113)

Item number: 10032113

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Temple No. 3 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. The Yadava's kingdom, at its height in the thirteenth century stretched from Gujarat in the north, to Karnataka in the south. They were prolific builders of temples, and large numbers of Yadava shrines can still be found standing in the Deccan region today. This photograph is a view of the interior of temple no. 3 in a completely ruinous condition showing piles of masonry lying on the floor. Amongst the debris a fine ceiling panel was found with a small central dome adorned with cusped ornaments and kirttimukhas, lion like monsters, in the corners. The columns are decorated with geometric motifs and scrollwork.

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