Interior of mandapa of ruined Maheshvara Temple, Patan, Chalisgaon District
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of the mandapa of the Maheshvara temple, Patan taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s or 1890s. Patan was the capital of Gujarat until the eleventh century. The Maheshvara Temple faces east and consists of a sanctuary with a mandapa or hall and a porch. The hall is open and the pillars support the eaves standing on a dwarf wall. The exterior walls are very elaborately treated with deeply cut mouldings but there are not many sculpture panels. The only large images are set in the three principal niches around the shrine. This view shows pillars decorated with the motif of the kirttimukha mask and geometric designs. There is a Nandi sculpture in the middle of the hall.