Mahadeo Temple at Bhojpur near Bhopal, remained unfinished. Ramp for carrying stones is still existing (date about 1500 [sic] years old). March 1882.
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the unfinished Shiva Temple at Bhojpur in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in 1882, from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Scenes and Sculptures of Central India, Photographed by Lala Deen Dayal, Indore.' The colossal temple at Bhojpur was built by king Raja Bhoj (1018-85) of the Paramara dynasty, a celebrated scholar author of the architectural treatise of the Samarangana Sutradhara. The temple is built on a simple square plan and consists of the sanctuary with balconies on the outside supported by massive brackets. The doorway is richly carved and has figures on the sides. Inside there are four massive pillars supporting a corbelled dome and a huge polished stone Shiva-linga is set on a pedestal more than eight metres high. The earthwork ramp used to raise stones to the level of the dome is north-east of the temple and is marked on the print. Architectural pieces are scattered around the site.