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Nilakantha Mahadeva Temple, Ruavi

Nilakantha Mahadeva Temple, Ruavi

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/18(1928)

Item number: 1928

Length: 29.3

Width: 24.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Nilakantha Mahadeva Temple, Ruavi in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. In the 'Archaeological Survey of Western India, vol. IX', Burgess and Cousens wrote, "Ruhavi is a village about three miles south-west from Sunak. Here is the shrine of an old temple of Nilakantha Mahadeva, perched upon a high artificial brick mound...The mandapa has been destroyed and cleared away except a portion of the basement. The temple faced the east and has been the same style as that at Sunak...In the principal niches on the north, west and south faces respectively are figures of Brahma with Sarasvati, Siva and Parvati, and Laksmi Narayana...The brick foundation is an evidence of the earlyage of the temple, but there is some reason to suspect that the sikhara above the shrine walls has perhaps been rebuilt at a later date...".

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