North portico and entrance of the old Jain temple at Sirpur, Basim (Washim) District, Berar
Photographer: Gill, Robert
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the base of the old Jain temple at Sirpur in Berar, part of the 'Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (volume 33)' collection, taken by Robert Gill in c. 1871. Sirpur is 12 miles west of Basim and is famous for the shrine of Antariksha Parsvanatha, sacred to the Jains. At this site there is a small but ancient Jain temple that has a horizontal dome with richly carved pendants. This temple is dated by inscription to 1406. It is star-shaped in plan and its walls are decorated with panels of carved arabesque motifs. Figural sculpture is limited to detachable images placed in three interior niches of the shrine. This view shows the remains of the temple tower built up from the masonry base using baked brick.