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Naga-Mandir or Snake Temple, Kharod, Bilaspur District

Naga-Mandir or Snake Temple, Kharod, Bilaspur District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1209)

Item number: 10031209

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Naga-Mandir or Snake Temple, Kharod, Bilaspur District taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1873 or 1874. The town of Kharod is located in the modern state of Madhya Pradesh. The largest temple in the town is dedicated to Shiva and is known as the temple of Lakhneswar. It houses a large laterite linga in a very dark sanctum. The temple is surrounded by smaller shrines like the on ein this photograph, many of which are now ruined. The Naga-Mandir, pictured here stands to the north of the town and is part of a group of temples that consists only of single cells. At the time that this photograph was taken Beglar stated that "in one of the temples lies a fragment of a Naga, but whether it was itself a statue, or is only part of a sculpture in which a Naga was introduced, I cannot tell." A naga is a snake deity, and in this photograph snake like patterns can clearly be observed running across the piece of sculpture above the door. We cannot be sure if Beglar is referring to this temple however as his account claims that the piece of sculpture was found inside the temple.

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