Lake of Lonar, Booldanah Dist., Berar
Photographer: Gill, Robert
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Lonar Lake in the Buldana District, Maharashtra from the Allardyce Collection: Album of views and portraits in Berar and Hyderabad, taken by Robert Gill in the 1860s. The Lonar Lake was formed by the impact of a meteor crash about 50,000 years ago, which created a crater of approximately 1800m in diameter and 150m deep. It is the third largest natural salt-water lake in the world and the only crater in basalt. There are many temples on the craters edge, mostly built around the 12th century in the Hemadpanti style of the Yadava period. This view is of the lake with the ruins of one of the temples in the foreground.