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Interior of the Bhimanath Sun Temple, Babriawad, Kathiawar

Interior of the Bhimanath Sun Temple, Babriawad, Kathiawar

Photographer: Sykes, D.H.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/7(786)

Item number: 786

Length: 23.5

Width: 28

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the interior of the Bhimanath Sun Temple at Babriawad, in Gujarat, from the Archaeological Survey of India, taken by D.H. Sykes in c.1869. The bearded man seen in this view sketching or writing could be James Burgess. In the 'Notes of a visit to Somnath, Girnar & other places in Kathiawad in May, 1869', James Burgess wrote, "It is in the midst of a jungle, or rather-open forest...The roof of the nave of the mandapa has partly fallen in, but the pillars that support it are still undamaged...The entrance porch, on the east, is almost entirely destroyed, but figures of Shiva and Ganesh appear on the lintel of the door, and each side of it are thin slabs carefully carved with figures...The sanctum is...now filled with rubbish and fragments of sculptured slabs which appeared to have covered the front of the shrine above the door. A Pradakshina or passage for circumambulation surrounds it, and in recesses in the outside of its walls on all the three sides are figures of Surya, or the Sun, with his seven steeds...".

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