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Kalka Devi temple, Dhar

Kalka Devi temple, Dhar

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 187/(9)

Item number: 9

Length: 13

Width: 19.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Kalika Devi Temple at Dhar in Madhya Pradesh, from the Album of 'Views of Central India by Deen Dayal, Indore', taken by Deen Dayal in the 1870s. Dhar was the stronghold of the Paramaras, a powerful dynasty that ruled the region of Malwa in central India in the 10th-11th centuries and promoted the development of the arts and literature. The most illustrious of the Paramaras, king Bhojadeva moved his capital fro Ujjain to Dhar that became an important astistic centre. With the arrival of the Muslims in the 15th century Dhar became the centre of a provincial style of Indo-Islamic architecture characterized by the use of polychrome ornament. In 1405 the capital was moved from Dhar to Mandu. Most of the buildings of Dhar were built from masonry taken from old Hindu temples.

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