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Jain Temple at Somnath-pur, Mysore

Jain Temple at Somnath-pur, Mysore

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 512/(23)

Item number: 51223

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Jain temple at Somnathpuram in Mysore. The view shows the entrance and shrines of the Hindu Keshava Temple, from the south-east, with a European and several Indian figures posed in the foreground. The bearded European may possibly be Williams himself. The temple, completed in 1268, is one of the best preserved of the temples built in the Hoysala period. It is dedicated to Keshava, the god Vishnu under his three aspects and consists of three shrines approached through a columned mandapa. On the outer walls of the temple and at the lower levels, there are decorative sculptures. A procession of gods richly encrusted with jewels and ornaments is set in the various projections of the walls created by the stellate plan of the sanctuaries.

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