[Part of the base of a temple tower], Aonda
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Nagnath Temple at Aundha in Maharashtra from the Allardyce Collection: Album of views and portraits in Berar and Hyderabad, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. Aundha is an important pilgrimage centre as it is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India. In Hindu mythology, it is believed that Shiva's first manifestation on earth was as a jyortirlinga, a "pillar of light". A jyortirlinga resembles other linga sculptures, but it is believed that a person who has attained a certain level of spirituality sees the lingas as columns of fire piercing through the earth. The Nagnath Temple, where it is located, is a richly carved stone temple. This view shows the carvings on the outer walls and the ruined pillared hall.