[Teli-ka-Mandir] Brahman Temple, Fort, Gwalior.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Teli ka Mandir at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views in India. The Teli ka Mandir, a Hindu temple probably built in the middle of the eighth century, is situated in the impressive fort that rises above the town of Gwalior in central India. The temple, the oldest surviving monument within the fort, presents a unique blending of various Indian architectural styles. The rectangular sanctuary is covered by a masonry tower of the Nagari or North Indian type crowned with a Valabhi or barrel vaulted roof with a gavaksha, an arched window. The niches on the outer walls, which no longer house sculptures, are covered by arch-like motifs, a North Indian type of decoration. The doorway is decorated with carved figures of river goddesses, amorous couples, foliation motifs and a flying Garuda on the lintel. The temple, which possibly was originally dedicated to an aspect of the Mother Goddess, was reconstructed in 1881-83.