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Jain Temple, Gwalior Fort

Jain Temple, Gwalior Fort

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 187/(35)

Item number: 35

Length: 13.4

Width: 18.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the great Sasbahu temple at Gwalior, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1870s. The two Vaishnava Sasbahu Temples were erected by the Kachchhapagahata rulers in the hill fort at Gwalior, their main seat during the 10th-11th century. The larger of the two temples, seen in this view, was completed by Kachchhapagatha Mahipala in 1093. The temple stands on a platform and consists of a sanctuary with a vestibule (antarala) and a closed hall (mandapa) with three entrance porches. The antarala as well as the entrance porch are two-storeyed while the mandapa is three-storeyed and is covered with a bell-roof (samvarana). The spire over the sanctuary is lost. The sculptural decoration is very rich both outside and inside the temple.

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