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Kunwar-math Temple at Khujraho

Kunwar-math Temple at Khujraho

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1882

Shelfmark: Photo 2/4(42)

Item number: 42

Length: 19

Width: 25.35

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Kunwar Math or Duladeo Temple at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in 1882, from the 'Lee-Warner Collection: 'Scenes and Sculptures of Central India, Photographed by Lala Deen Diyal, Indore.' This temple dates from the beginning of the12th century and is one of the last temples of the Chandelas at Khajuraho. It is part of the southern group of monuments at that site. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and and consists of a sanctuary, a vestibule, a mahamandapa or great hall and porch. The tower over the sanctuary, which has been reconstructed, has clusters of miniature temple towers. The projections of the sanctuary walls are decorated with bands of sculpture depicting Shiva and Parvati and celestial nymphs such as dancing apsaras and flying vidyadharas. The iconograghy of this temple lacks the remarkable vitality for which Khajuraho sculptures are reknowned.

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