Portico (mandapa?) with inscribed columns, great Jain temple, Deogarh
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the portico of the great Jain temple, Deogarh taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. In the fort area at Deogarh there is a group of Jain temples dating from the 9th and 10th Centuries. Of these, temple 12 is in the best state of preservation. It was built in 862 in the Pratihara style and is richly decorated with sculptures depicting Jina figures, Jain yakshis and amorous couples. This photograph shows the temple's porch in a semi-ruinous condition. The columns are elaborately carved with niches containing Jain tirthankharas and figures of ganas decorate the brackets. Some of the columns have inscriptions on their shaft.