Mandapa and tower of the Omkareshvara Temple, Mandhata, Nimar District
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the mandapa and tower of the Omkareshvara Temple at Mandhata in the Nimar District of Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens around 1892-94.
Mandhata is partially built on the banks, and partially on an island in the Narmada river. The town is situated in the southern part of modern day Madhya Pradesh, and is a celebrated site of pilgrimage for followers of Shiva. The religious importance of the town stems from the presence of the Omkareshvara temple, which houses one of the twelve most important lingas in India. This temple was constructed relatively recently although it incorporates columns from a much older structure. Built in a typical north Indian style, the temple has a tall sikhara, or tower pictured here, and elaborate decoration with intricate carvings.